Spring 2007
Vol. 15 No. 1
"He who plants a tree plants a hope" - Lucy Larcom

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Homes for Wood Ducks - Nature Area

Welcome Spring 2007

Volunteers Needed

Member Opportunities

Is a Toad a Frog?

2006 An exciting year!

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

2006 Conservationist

Welcome, New Board Members

Nature Deficit Disorder

Landscape for Learning

Three Generations of Volunteers

Upcoming Events...

April 1 4
Tree Planting
Contact Fred Pepper 692-0517 to help plant trees on GINLC proerties.

April 22
Earth Day
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
(Weather Permitting)

Wish List
Computer Printer
Electronic Projector
Display Boards
Benches for Nature Area
Shade Canopy for Nature Area

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Welcome Spring 2007
by Margarete Hasserodt - Nature Area Chair

GINLC would like to welcome our visitors to the Nature Area for another year of exciting exploration. Many of our members and friends are very familiar with this property and have proudly reported their sightings and compliments to the hosts who welcomed them. As stewards of the 40.5 acres, we continue to provide a great learning experience to the Young and Mature, considering the little financial resources we have and with the guidelines we have to follow, set by the EPA.

From one year to another, one can see the small, donated trees maturing, the grasses and wildflower seedlings creating a meadow, and notice which species occupy the birdhouses. It you are there at the right day in late May you will be able to see the Spotted Gar Pikes spawning along the seaplane pad. We are fortunate that the GI airport allows our visitors to walk the causeway and have a wonderful view of Gibraltar Bay and the causeway pond.

Do you wish to become a birder? Every first Saturday from May, through October 10 AM to noon we will have a volunteer, willing to walk with interested visitors to assist them in the identification of birds. For the little folks, binoculars have been donated by the National Wildlife Federation.