Spring 2008
Vol. 16 No. 1

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Welcome New Board Members

GINLC Education Committee Report

Stewardship Notes

Land Acquisition

Nature Area Season Planned

Nature Area Clean Up

2007 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

Doug Thiel Honored for Service

Annual Meeting

Arbor Day

Conservancy Awarded Pond Restoration Grant

2007 Christmas Bird Count

Did You Know?

Thank you

Newletter Sponsor

Upcoming Events...

May 3
Nature Area Opening Day

10AM to 2PM

April 19
Island Clean Up
Call Jake Atkins
(734) 676-5536
for meeting site

April 19 & 26
Nature Area Clean Up

9:00AM to Noon
Nature Area

April 20
Earth Day

Centinnial Farm
1PM to 4PM

May 10
Arbor Day
Tree Planting Seminar

10AM to 11AM
Centennial Farm
Register - 675-2364
(Rec. Department)
No Fee

May 14
BASF Presentation
Riverview Project

Township Hall


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New Board Members


Pat Selby spent most of her childhood in trees, and has always enjoyed the outdoors. A position at BASF in Wyandotte brought her and her family (Ron, Kat and DJ Brausch) to Grosse Ile 12 years ago. The whole family has enjoyed the island's proximity to nature, from walks through greens pace and along the river to seeing coyotes in their front yard. Through her position at BASF, she learned about the area's recovery from its industrial history. She is eager to learn more and become involved especially in the conservancy's stewardship efforts.

After 21 years as an engineer in the chemical industry, Pat went back to school to become an attorney. She is currently working as a federal judi­cial law clerk in downtown Detroit.



Cathy Old field has been a resident of Grosse Ile for 25 years. She is most recently a retired Display Manager, Hudsons, but has also been in automotive engineering and design, an engineering assistant, a draftsman, technical/ graphic illustrator, a warranty analyst, and a banking, financial services representative. She is currently attending Henry Ford Community College and hopes to be in the Respiratory Therapy Program in the Fall '08.

Oldfield is also a member of the Grosse Ile Rotary. "GINLC has been a wonderful support for the Rotary's efforts working with the children of Delray," says Old field. "Both the gift of knowledge and the shared fun makes a huge difference in their lives."