Spring Soundwalk at Chipman Preserve, April 25

Sharon Gill and Rachel Stiening will lead the fourth and last in a series of seasonal nature soundwalks at Chipman Preserve on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Dr. Gill and Ms. Stiening are experts on the acoustics of nature and soundscapes and will help you understand patterns of sound in natural environments and how those sounds influence your well-being.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.  Call Miko at the SWMLC office (269-324-1600) or email her at cmdargitz@swmlc.org.

Please note that because staying quiet is essential to perceiving the sounds of nature, this event is offered for adults and older children only.

[Photo by Peter Ter Louw]


Wednesday Workday Warriors Begin Season 13

The Wednesday Warriors started off the season with a successful outing at Bow in the Clouds Preserve last week. Mitch coordinated our efforts with elan, doing double duty with another successful workday Saturday at Chipman. You rock, Mitch!

On Wednesday, April 15, we will be cutting back invasive shrubs and thinning fast-growing trees, to make more light for oak regeneration and understory wildflowers. We will provide loppers and herbicide; you bring the gloves and maybe some water. I hear tick spray is already being used.

Please make your own carpool arrangements, and meet at KEKA at 1:00 pm. 

Directions to KEKA: Take Sprinkle Rd. to East Main. Go east on E. Main 0.9 mile to the gated dirt driveway on the north side of the road. You will go past Marc’s Marsh and start coming up a hill. Look for the farm gate on your left (north side of the road) immediately past the yellow fire hydrant, across from the entrance to the transfer station on your right. Look for the yellow preserve signs at the entrance, There is another un-gated dirt driveway just before the entrance to KEKA which I often turn into before realizing I need to go another 50’ farther. You can look at the entrance at Google Maps Street View if you search for 6720 East Main, Kalamazoo, MI.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

— Kristi
[Photo by Kristi]

April Tike Hikes at Bow in the Clouds Preserve

Now that spring is here and the parking lot at Bow in the Clouds Preserve is snow-free, SWMLC board member Jen Lau will lead family hikes there during April.  And since our first Sunday in April occurs on Easter Sunday, Jen will hide some eggs for the kids to find.

All hikes are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and depend on weather conditions for that day. (Check our Facebook page for updates the morning of the hike in case of questionable weather.)  

Tike hikes last about 1 hour at typical toddler pace which includes lots of stops, wandering in the wrong direction, pausing to pick up sticks, etc.

April 5 at Bow in the Clouds Preserve — including an Easter egg hunt!

April 12 at Bow

April 19 at Bow

April 26 at Bow

If you have any questions, call our office at (269) 324-1600.

Spruce up Trails at Black River Preserve May 2

Bring your rakes, weed whackers and enthusiasm for the Spring clean-up at Black River Preserve.

Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to Noon, at Black River Preserve in South Haven.  

Meet at the preserve entrance on 8th Avenue west of the Black River bridge & 68th St.

Click here for a pdf of the announcement flyer.

Email Mitch at lettow@swmlc.org to let him know you're coming.

Plant a Tree at Black River Preserve, April 18

In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Week, you are invited to help the planet by planting a tree at our Black River Preserve in South Haven on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until all the trees are planted.

SWMLC is partnering with the Sierra Club (Southwest Michigan Group) and the Van Buren Conservation District for this event.

In addition to the tree planting, a short walk through the preserve will be offered, highlighting the value of trees in nature.

To volunteer for this fun event, call our office at 269-324-1600 or email Miko at cmdargitz@swmlc.org.

[Photo of beech-maple ravine at Black River Preserve by Peter Ter Louw.]