This season, please keep SWMLC in mind as you plan your holiday giving.
1) Giving Tuesday (12/1/15) is a national day of spending with a purpose. Coming on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday inspires people to support the causes and charities most important to them. Follow this link to our secure page to make a Giving Tuesday donation to SWMLC.
2). If you plan to shop online, you’ll find almost all of the same stuff at smile.amazon.com that you'll find at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization (SWMLC, of course!). Use this link to be sure that your donation goes to SWMLC.
THANK YOU and may your holiday season be bright!

Join the Wednesday Workday Warriors!

Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It's a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit. RSVPs are always nice; just call the office at 269-324-1600 or email conserveland@swmlc.org.

A few words from Fearless Leader Kristi Chapman

Well, it already has been a month since the Wednesday Warriors hung up their weapons for the 2015 season. And what a season it was!

The theme this year was trail work, trail work, trail work. We focused on bringing better public access so that more people can come out and revel in the beauty of southwest Michigan. I must say, trail work certainly gives you something to show for your efforts. You will be amazed at the transformation when you come out for a visit!

- We worked 28 Wednesdays, in 19 preserves.

- We got to see two new preserves: Christiana Lake and Bakertown Fen.

- The winning preserve this season was Bow-in-the-Clouds which got five mornings of loving attention. 

We did, of course, tackle many of our old familiar foes; I counted a total of 13 alien invasive species that we attacked on many fronts. And, even with our ever-growing number of preserves to tend to, I can definitely say we are making progress in clearing our preserves to make room for the good plants. We also created a 100-plant butterfly garden to honor Pam Larson, SWMLC Communicator Emeritus.

Our Warrior turnout this year was wildly variable, ranging from 13 to 3. Mitch did a suberb job matching the task to the headcount, and made sure we could accomplish the task at hand. We did team up with the summer crew a couple times, and were glad for the infusion of youthful energy and elbow grease. 

I confess I went AWOL more than usual this year, so I really want to praise Mitch for the super fine job he did of planning, organizing, equipping, and leading the workdays throughout the season. Hey Nate, please please please don't bog him down with paperwork, and let him come out to the woods and play with us next year!

A big thank you to all of you who came out and worked this year! You have to know you are making a difference in making the conservancy preserves better for us and the birdies and bugs and blooms. Three things to think about:
1) You can be a preserve steward and adopt a particular preserve to visit once a year, at minimum; call Nate for more details.

2) The Saturday workdays continue throughout the season; check the SWMLC website for dates and locations.

3) Stay tuned for the cabin-fever potluck/planning session, probably in February.

Have a good holiday season!


We're tinkering with the upcoming Wednesday Workday Warrior schedule, so be sure to check back for details. In the meantime, if you're hungering for ways to exercise in the great outdoors, we've got some excellent Saturday Workdays on the Winter/Spring 2016 calendar.








The Workday Warriors were greeted by this feisty hognose snake on a recent trip to Chipman Preserve. 

[Photo by Kristi]