2018 Spring Newsletter
We look back at the life of long-time Gahagan volunteer and board member Julie Borak in this Spring's newsletter. Also are features on Vernal ponds, the April Earth Day work day and Forestry Hike at Gahagan, update on education activities and other stuff. Click here to open the online PDF.
Spring Clean-Up Earth Day Event April 21
HeadWaters Land Conservancy, now in its 25th year, is co-hosting Gahagan's annual Clean-Up/Earth Day event. Join us. We will spruce up the facilities in the morn, getting it ready for the school field trip season, have a lunch, then have hands-on activities in the afternoon - capped by a forestry hike through our woods with District Forester Diane Bomer. Click here for full event schedule.
Thanks to Weyerhauser Employees
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 was a lovely sunny day to tackle a messy, very necessary project at the preserve. Faith Dandois, Kathy Moss, Kerry Murphy and Mark Bosworth from Grayling Weyerhaeuser joined forces with the Gahagan Board members to reseal the majority of the paved trail. It was a labor intensive, exhausting, but eminently rewarding job. As a result, these Weyerhaeuser employees were awarded a $1000.00 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. It was decided that the grant money be donated to Gahagan.
Over the last 10 years, Weyerehaeuser employees have participated in several AuSable River clean-up projects. Gahagan has been fortunate to have been the recipient of grants awarded for several of those river projects. The fall 2017 black top resurfacing was a one-twobonus, as the employee’s good work was performed on right on our preserve. We are very grateful to the Weyerhaeuser Company and the Weyco employees for their hard work at the preserve.
Summer Camp 2018
Summer is just around the corner. So parents, mark your calendar for the summer Nature Camp. Kids get to explore the great outdoors, play games, create some cool crafts, and expand their knowledge of all things natural. Sammy the snake will be on the schedule, along with a puppet show put on by the campers,and they’ll create their own nature inspired t-shirt. Not breaking withtradition, the end of camp will feature frogging at Gahagan’s own pond.
Camp is scheduled for July 17, 18, and 19th from 9am until noon. It is open to children between the ages of 7 and 11, and is limited to the first 25 children who register. The fee for non-members is $20 per child; the fee for Gahagan members is $10 per child.
Forestry Camp This June at Gahagan
Those of us living in the Northern Lower Peninsula literally live in the forest, and the 4-H Forestry Camp, to be held at Gahagan in June, is designed to create a deeper understanding of forestry including why trees are cut, and the benefits of hav- ing groups of trees that are different ages in the forest. During the camp, children collect data using forestry tools, analyze the data and then make mock- forest management recommendations based on what they learned. Children also explore forestry careers and products through hands on games and activities that add a whole lot of fun to this learning experience. On the last day of camp, participants will visit an active timber harvest as well as a sawmill allowing them to witness first-hand the transfor-
mation of logs to products.
The 4-H Forestry Camp is scheduled to run at Gahagan from Monday, June 25th through Thursday, June 28 and is open to youth aged 11-15 (as of January 1, 2018). The camp is from 9am until 4pm each day; no overnights. The cost of the camp is $20, plus a $20 annual 4-H Participation Fee; scholarships are available.
For more information, or to register for the camp, please contact
Kirtland Warbler Festival
Like the little yellow songbird that returns to Michigan from the Bahamas each spring, the Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend willreturn to Roscommon June 1-2. The Home Opener on Friday night is being held at Kirtland Community College’s Health Sciences Center on Four Mile. Enjoy a social evening while trying Michigan inspired craft beer and appetizers.
The festival itself takes place on Saturday, June 2 at the CRAF Center in Roscommon, beginning at 7am with the first of two scheduled Jackpine tours. The second tour will leave at 9 am, with both tours stopping in known warbler habitat hoping to see and hear a warbler. A Craft and Vendor show and the Kid’s tent will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Tom Dale, chairman of the KWF Planning Committee, is pleased that the festival is continuing here in Roscommon. “Our mis-sion at Gahagan is to provide environmental education and we are excited to be able to bring Naturalist Jim McGrath from Nature Discovery and Biologist Joe Rogers from the Wildlife Recovery Association to the festival. Both of these live wildlifeprograms are very entertaining and informative.” Jim’s McGrath’s Amphibians presentation is at 2pm, with Joe Rogers’ Birds of Prey program following at 3pm.
Check out www.kirtlandswarblerfestival.org for a complete listing of events.