Summer 2008
Vol. 16 No. 2

I should ask that a gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life..." Rachel Carson

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Legislative Victory for Land Conservation

Tree Planting Workshop

Stewardship Report

Margarete Hasserdot is the Rotary "Citizen of the Year"

Geology Rocks Unveiling

Wildlife Signs

Nature Area Update

Recent Membership Drive

New Options for Donors

Watchful Eyes

GINLC Awarded Grant

Our Wish Came True

Did You Know?

Thank you

Memorial and Honors


Upcoming Events...

Nature Area Open
Saturdays 10AM to 2PM
Thursdays 6PM to 8PM
(Weather Permitting)

Late July - September
Lotus in Bloom
(Nature Area)

November 8
Annual Meeting


Back to Newsletters

Watchful Eyes

On one of his evening walks around Grosse Ile, GINLC's past president Doug Thiel walked by the Police station and looked at the "Will Forshee Memorial" red oak tree that we had planted last year. He noticed the lower branches were bare and many leaves were mostly eaten up or had large holes in it.

After closer inspection, he noticed very many caterpillars having a feast. Doug removed as many as he could reach and informed us immediately.

Later that night, Ingo and Margarete Hasserodt took a flashlight and a container filled with some water to have another look. Sure enough, they caught another dozen of these creatures and checking on the internet, identified them as Gypsy Moth Caterpillars. (Usually caterpillars are very active during the night hours.)

The next morning a tall ladder was used to reach to upper branches. They found some more. and informed the Township as well. It now seems the tree is free of this infestation, but we will keep on checking. Thanks to Doug Thiel's watchful eyes, a disaster was avoided.