Vol. 15 No. 2
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" - Aristotle
In this issue...
Nature Area Happenings
In March, with the help of Tom Luley and Ingo Hasserodt, we installed four more birdhouses. Now we have a total of seven, all visible when you walk the Meadow Trail. We were delighted to notice the first Tree Swallows flying around and doing their acrobatic exercises in the air.
In early April the weather turned very cold. Granddaughter Ursula O'Connor noticed the first dead swallow on the ground when she placed painted wooden letters on the boxes for easier identification. We found three more dead ones; apparently all must have died of cold and starvation. We were very dismayed and learned later what had happened to migrant birds in an article, "Reflections on the Spring Chill", published by Julie Craves and reprinted here.
Opening day, May 5th, was very successful. Thanks to our bird tour guides, Carol and Dave Morse and Terry Ann Laesser, visitors identified 24 species of birds, ducks and geese. We will publish the total list in a later edition of The Voyageur. Even a mink has been seen on some occasions.
Don't forget, the American Lotus is beginning to bloom now. Viewing this water plant, a "protected flower" in Michigan, is a sight one will not so easily forget. They are very sensitive to their environment and have been known to disappear and come back many years later, when the conditions are right.
the information about our Grosse Ile Nature Area will enrich your knowledge
about the very special place in which we live.