Guided Walks & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Winter Hike at DeYoung Farm — Sunday, February 7th at 1:00 pm
Join docents Dave Amos and Mary Smart in a snow shoe hike around the DeYoung Natural Area. We’ll look for animal tracks and show the new addition to the property. If you don’t have snow shoes, boots are likely to be ok. It is about an hour trek with some hills.
Please do not park at the barn. Park in the Strang Rd lot. Strang Rd. is about a quarter mile north of the main farmstead.
Nature in Wintertime at Kehl Lake Natural Area — Saturday, February 13, 10 am
Did you think nothing goes on in the wintertime in nature? Guess again. Join docents Ann McInnis and Ed Ketterer on a tracking adventure to discover the myriad wintertime activities of our resident wildlife. Read the stories told by tracks and traces, nibbles and nips, sounds and sights…to learn about wildlife survival strategies at the Kehl Lake Natural Area. Snowshoes would be advisable if there is lots of snow.
Black Bears in Leelanau: Indoor Talk — Saturday February 20, 10:00 am
What do you know about Leelanau’s black bears? Sometime in April they will be emerging from their winter lethargy and begin scouting around for mostly a plant-based diet to replenish their depleted energy reserves. With luck you might spot one on your Leelanau hiking adventures and will learn that they pose no danger to hikers. When frightened even a mother bear with cubs will just send her babies up a tree and come back later to get them. Black bears and other northern wildlife species that live in Leelanau remind us what a fabulous, biologically diverse, area we share with those species that were here first. Learn more about black bears from docent Ann McInnis who will share a power point program developed by the Wildlife Research Institute in Minnesota.
This is an indoor talk that will be held at the Leelanau Conservancy office at 105 N First street in Leland.
Blues at the Bluebird
With the Kinsey Report
Enjoy the energized, soulful sounds of these three brothers from Gary, Indiana.
Tickets are $35 and includes a delicious buffet dinner which begins at 6 pm; music from 7:30 -10:30.
Call Gayle to reserve tickets: 231-256-9665.
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.
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/
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.