Cheers and Thank You’s

Cheers and Thank You’s

Loud cheers and thank you’s to Julie Collard of Little Adventurers Club and SWMLC volunteer TJ Wilkinson for all of the energy, creativity, and hard work they’ve been pouring into the SWMLC Tike Hikes! You guys are doing a great job! These photos were...
Birdathon Recap

Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”. The four Land Conservancy Larks deployed from Kalamazoo by 4:30 am in a Prius packed full of rubber boots, extra socks, binoculars,...
SW Michigan Team Birdathon is back!

SW Michigan Team Birdathon is back!

Have you been hearing those songs outside your window in the mornings? The songbirds are coming back and serenading you to spark your spring fever. They have successfully sparked the fever of the Land Conservancy Larks, and we will head out next Saturday to count...
A Big Hearty Thank You!

A Big Hearty Thank You!

a great group of volunteers! forging a new trail repairing the boardwalk puttin' a hurt on garlic mustard bridge building loppin', choppin' and stackin' volunteers come in all ages and sizes! sensitive habitat means foot-borne tools & materials far from the trail,...
HOP!

HOP!

Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) is a new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors. Special Kickoff Event June 10! Here’s how it works: Get a walking stick. Walking sticks are available for $5 each at Bookbug and the Southwest Michigan Land...
Congratulations, Bruce!

Congratulations, Bruce!

Bruce joined SWMLC in May 2015 as part of the Stewardship Crew, and became Stewardship Crew Leader in July 2015. Bruce grew up in rural Paw Paw, where he lived until moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University. Here, his broad interest in the environment...
New 5k Nature Trail Courses

New 5k Nature Trail Courses

Sometimes a body just wants needs to run in nature. We’ve recently mapped out trail running loops at two of our most popular preserves, Wolf Tree Nature Trails in Oshtemo and Chipman Preserve in Galesburg. These new 5k courses offer a refreshing and fun way to...
Goodbye, Geoff!

Goodbye, Geoff!

Every Ending Has a New Beginning It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection. Mixed, because we will miss him so much, but happy for him, too, because he’s about to start a new job and a new...
Adding Gems to a Watershed Necklace

Adding Gems to a Watershed Necklace

Conservation Easements Completed on the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed On the very last day of 2016, we completed conservation easements Number 3, 4 and 5 of the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed Conservation Project: Pete Boerma’s Blue Creek property, Sarett Nature...