Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Some photos from Saturday’s (6/3/17) thank you event at Holcomb’s Big Marsh Farm in Calhoun County. The Holcomb family recently put a conservation easement on their 476-acre property, which is especially important because of its proximity to other...
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. Click to see the gallery of kids and grownups who have sent us a selfie after hiking a preserve. Here’s how it works: Get a walking stick. Walking sticks are...
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...
Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Some photos from last week’s seed-cleaning workday. Each fall, SWMLC holds a Seed Collection Workday, where volunteers harvest the seeds of prairie species from some of our more robust preserves, so that we can sow them at other prairie preserves in the spring....
Big Marsh Farm CE Completed

Big Marsh Farm CE Completed

We’re excited to announce the completion of the purchased conservation easement (CE) on Larry & Jerrilyn Holcomb’s 476-acre Big Marsh Farm property, which is located at the southern end of Michigan Audubon Society’s (MAS) Baker Sanctuary in Calhoun...