Guided Walks & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Mother’s Day Weekend Hike at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, May 7th at 2:00pm
Garlic Mustard Workbee at Lighthouse West — Tuesday May 10th 1-3pm
Join the LC at the tip of the peninsula and help to remove garlic mustard. We’ll be pulling the aggressively growing plant from the Lighthouse West Natural Area and part of the Leelanau State Park. Bring work gloves and water.
Ride the Warbler Wave at Lighthouse West — Saturday May 14th at 8:00am
The annual spring migration should be near its peak at the time of this hike. Lighthouse West serves as a focal point for waves of warblers and other birds that are on their way to Canada. Many other interesting birds, including the Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting, have usually arrived and are nesting by this time. The main focus of this event is birding, but we’ll keep an eye out for spring wildflowers as well. Docents Ed Ketterer and Ann McInnis will be leading the group.
Garlic Mustard Workbee at Clay Cliffs Natural Area–Saturday May 14th 9-12
Spend the morning at Clay Cliffs Natural Area helping to pull garlic mustard. We’ll be joining forces with the ISN (Invasive Species Network) to tackle large infestations along the trail system and in some harder to reach areas. Afterwards, we’ll eat lunch including the garlic mustard itself! Bring gloves and water. Register through the ISN: http://habitatmatters.org/events/
Palmer Woods Garlic Mustard and Mullein Pull Workbee– Saturday May 21st 10:00am
Join the LC for a morning at the Palmer Woods Forest Reserve. We’ll be walking the trails and scouting for garlic mustard and mullein plants, pulling them as we find them. Bring gloves and water and be prepared to walk longer distances.
Uplands and Wetlands Hike at Belanger Creek Preserve — Saturday, May 21st at 10:00am
Join Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Mary Smart, Sharon Oriel on a guided exploration of the 70 acres of uplands and wetlands of this gorgeous, unique, natural area with wildlife habitats extraordinaire. Spring ought to be in full swing at the Belanger Creek Preserve, with all its pristine glory and much wildlife activity in evidence. Since trail development is only in the planning stages at this preserve, it is advisable that boots, and perhaps even walking sticks, be used.
Spring Hike at DeYoung Farm — Saturday, May 21st at 1:00pm
Join docents Dave Amos and JoAnne Gerben in a spring hike around the DeYoung Farm. We’ll see which trees are in bloom and what is happening on the forest floor. Requests at the beginning of the hike to view specific aspects of the farm and property are always welcome.
Wildflower Hike at Whaleback Natural Area — Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00 am
What better way to celebrate Whaleback Natural Area‘s 20th year as a Conservancy property than a Spring hike? Docents Marcia Buehler and Mary Smart will be on a hunt for wildflowers, stands of thimbleberry plants and eagles soaring over Good Harbor Bay. A stop at the observation deck will confirm why Whaleback is the treasure that it is.
Annual Plant Sale at the Village Green — Memorial Day Weekend
The Annual Plant Sale at the Village Green in Leland is on tap for Memorial Day Weekend! Now is your chance to purchase native ferns, trillium and other wildflowers, along with a selection of native trees and shrubs provided by locally owned Four Season Nursery, who will be on hand to answer questions about going native.
Sale runs Friday, May 27th and Saturday May 28th; hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All proceeds help maintain the Village Green and assist with other Conservancy projects.
The Wildflower Rescue Committee continually seeks new sites on which to dig. If you are building a home, driveway, addition, or know of someone who is, please contact the WRC so they may have a chance to remove these precious wildflowers before the excavators arrive! Contact Patty Shea: 256-9249 or Joanie Woods: 256-7154.
Spring Birding Walk at Chippewa Run — Saturday, May 28th at 8:00am
Interested in birds? Here’s a chance to join a birding outing for both beginners and enthusiasts on our annual spring birding expedition at Chippewa Run Natural Area. The diverse habitats of this Leelanau Conservancy Natural Area make it outstanding for spotting a great variety of birds. Bring your binoculars. Lou Ricord, Leelanau Conservancy docent, and other local birders will help locate and identify birds. Children welcome, but no dogs, please.
Orchid Hike at Houdek Dunes — Sunday May 29th 2:00 pm
Join docents Ann McInnis and Karl Hausler at the Houdek Dunes Natural Area as we view more than 350, hopefully-blooming, Pink Lady Slipper orchids and learn about their special features. Hike through several ecological communities to the wetland overlook while discovering the geological features of this 370 acre unique area. Discover evidence of the many native Leelanau animals and plants for whom this area is “home” and with whom we are so fortunate to share this landscape.
Tantalizing Trees at Krumwiede Forest Reserve — Saturday, June 4th 10:00 am
Join docents Joanne Gerben, Lou Ricord, and Karl Hausler for a hike at Krumwiede Forest Reserve. Learn all about the different tree species that grow here and how they thrive, and in some cases are under decline, in Leelanau County. Tree hugging not required, but encouraged.
Garlic Mustard and Buckthorn Workbee at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, June 4th 10:00 am
Help the Leelanau Conservancy for a morning find the lingering garlic mustard plants at Clay Cliffs Natural Area! The less we leave behind to seed, the more likely the native plants can rebound. We’ll scout and pull for two hours. If there is time, we’ll pull some buckthorn too. Bring gloves and water.
Wild About Woodpeckers at Saving Birds Thru Habitat — Wednesday, June 8 10:00 am
Are they architects or excavators, philanthropists or clowns? All of the above! Amazing birds, woodpeckers are well- adapted for their avian life style. Learn about savvy sapsuckers, regal redheads and others of their kin with Bobbie Poor, Leelanau Conservancy docent, and Kay Charter, Exec Director of Saving Birds thru Habitat. A gentle morning walk on the birding path will follow the program.
At the Saving Birds thru Habitat education building, Tatch at Putnam Rds, Omena.
Late Spring at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, June 11th 10:00 am
Hike with Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Jane Gale and Jack Dunn through the amazing Clay Cliffs Natural Area as we work our way to the summit of this lateral moraine to enjoy a spectacular view of both Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan from the overlook. Keep ears and eyes tuned for the communications of young bald eagles and many other bird residents while observing an amazing assemblage of high quality native plant species. Immerse yourself in Clay Cliffs’ high quality ecological communities while discovering nature’s amazing interconnections .
Finton: A Wildlife Corridor Puzzle Piece — Saturday June 18th 10:00 am
Experience the awe of a majestic second growth, northern hardwood woodlands at this NA tucked in along the shoreline of geologically ancient Lake Nepessing. Discover some of the plants and animals that make this wildlife community so special. Learn how Finton Natural Area is part of a wildlife corridor from Traverse Bay to Lake Michigan envisioned by the Conservancy to insure wildlife connectivity, and accomplished through their efforts to acquire easements and Natural Areas. Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Sharon Oriel are excited to share this unique area with you.
Invasive Species Workbee at Houdek Dunes — Thursday, July 14th 9:00 am
Houdek Dunes Natural Area is a fantastic place for native plants but it needs our help to keep invasive species at bay. Help us pull out spotted knapweed and bladder campion, two noxious weeds, in some more sensitive areas. Bring gloves and water.
Cultural and Natural History of Kehl Lake — Saturday, July 16th 10:00 am
Why was Kehl Lake Natural Area (formerly Leg Lake) so special to the Great Lakes Native Americans? What might life have been like over 160 years ago for the early Leelanau homesteaders? Join Conservancy docent Ann McInnis on a special walk to learn about the cultural and natural history of Kehl Lake and its connections with the wildlife communities found there today.
Annual Friend’s Picnic and Auction — Thursday, August 4th 5:00 pm
For more information about this fun-filled, family-friendly event visit the Picnic and Auction page.
Shrub Removal Workbee at Kehl Lake — Friday, September 16th 1:00 pm
Help out the LC for an afternoon at Kehl Lake Natural Area. We’ll be removing woody invasive species that exist along the trail system and in some sensitive areas. Kehl Lake is home to a large diversity of native plants and by removing invasive plants in the “vector zones” we can help control the spread.
Invasive Species Network Workbee at Clay Cliffs — Friday, September 23rd 1:00 pm
The Leelanau Conservancy will join forces again with the Invasive Species Network to remove woody invasive shrubs at the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. We’ll use “weed wrenches” to help pull larger plants from sensitive areas and along the trail system. Bring gloves and water.