Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember

April 2

Free Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat Workshops for Landowners

5:30 p.m., Cabela’s, 110 Cabela’s Blvd. E. in Dundee

WHY Grasslands (editable presentation available):  Why grasslands are valuable (food security, water, air and soil quality, wildlife benefits, pollinators, quality habitat, visually pleasing, etc). Community collaborative efforts (Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives, Pollinator Designation Program, Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative). The value of working together. Recommended speakers: MUCC, NWF, Nature Center, Nature Conservancy, DNR, bee farmers.

HOW Information and Funding: This is an opportunity for the Conservation District to promote the tools and resources they have available: drills for rent, seed sales, tree sales, backpack sprayers, site visits, custom plantings, habitat management plans, workshops/events, other partners/resources/programs locally available (USFWS, DNR, USDA, FSA, NRCS). Recommended speakers: Conservation District, FBB, USFWS, USDA, habitat consultants, seed providers/dealers, NRCS, MSUE.

HOW Technical Information (editable presentation available): Details to be outlined pertaining to the implementation and maintenance of grassland structures should include: selecting seed mixes, importance of native plants, site preparation and planting, landscape context on wildlife, seeding rates, and showcasing informational resources (Landowners Habitat Guide, NRCS, etc.). Recommended speakers: DNR, MSUE, habitat consultants, FBB.

QDMA/PF Support: please promote seed sales, educational events, hunting opportunities, youth events, banquet dates, what local branches/chapters can offer (seed, equipment, management assistance, money), PF Seed brochures, etc. Recommended speakers: local QDMA and PF leaders/volunteers.

Board meeting schedule:
The second Tuesday of each month
November – March 6:00 p.m.
April – October 7:00 p.m.

Held at the USDA Service Center
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI
April 20-21

Well Water Testing

The Monroe Conservation District will screen drinking water well samples for nitrate/nitrite during tree pickup hours.

The screening is sponsored by the Monroe Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). There is no fee to participants for this service. The screening is open to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water; however, the number of samples that can be tested is limited to one.

Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or nondrinking water sources. Only drinking water well samples will be tested. You do not have to use a special bottle for this screening. Any small clean jar will work - one ounce if water is enough.

April 21

Frog & Toad Listen

Join the Western Lake Erie Cluster for a fun family event at Crosswinds Marsh. Come learn about amphibians of Southeast Michigan. The first 30 minutes of the event will be filled with learning activities teaching you how to identify species by call and the last 60 minutes will consist of a field activity. Intro to frog life cycle & habitat. Learn frog calls. Nature hike, listen to amphibians, and identify species (~1 mile). (Please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain.) This is an outdoors activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Click here for the PDF Flier.

Crosswinds Marsh, 27600 Haggerty Road, New Boston, MI 48164

May 8-9


Gardening School Courses are open for anyone interested. Those pursuing NGC Gardening Consultant status are required to take the tests.

*A $10 processing fee is assessed if canceling after registration deadline

Click here for the PDF Flier with Registration Form.

Course I to be held at First Presbyterian Church 108 Washington Street Monroe MI 48161

Click here for the Curriculum Guide for Gardening Study Schools.

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 734.265.9311 or email Catherine at catherine.acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net.

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161
734.265-9311     catherine.acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net