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(Press Release provided by Little Traverse Conservancy)

PETOSKEY: Are you a nature enthusiast? Is there some Thoreau in you? Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) invites interested volunteers to learn more about the EcoStewards Program which engages volunteers in citizen-based science sought by the greater conservation community.

Through LTC’s EcoStewards Program, volunteer activities and projects are driven by you, the volunteer. We provide the framework, land, training, and learning opportunities. You explore, collect, research, restore, and share your results with us. Examples of current projects include the American Kestrel Nest Box Program, Michigan Frog and Toad Surveys, and Vernal Pool Monitoring. Other EcoStewards volunteers help remove exotic species and plant native species. There are numerous opportunities to use your interest and love for the outdoors toward protecting our amazing natural resources in northern Michigan.

After an opening presentation by Conservancy staff, Certified Professional Wetland Scientist David Mifsud will present on the management of Michigan’s amphibians and reptiles. Then, following a light lunch, attendees are welcome to join us for an EcoStewards Training Field Trip to a nearby vernal pool from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, April 23 at the Carnegie Building in Petoskey for one or all of the following:

11 a.m.              LTC Presentation

11:30 a.m.         Guest Speaker David Mifsud, Professional Herpetologist

12:30 p.m.         Light Lunch

1:30 p.m.           Field trip to Vernal Pool

Project sign up/information booths will be available throughout the event.

The event is FREE but we need to know if you are coming to plan for food. Please call 231.347.0991 with questions or to register. Support for this event was provided with a grant from Great Lakes Energy.

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