In attendance: Neal Foster,
Mike Conboy, Beth Caldwell, Elsa
Stuber, Colin Brooks, Bram and Lia
The minutes from the February
19, 2008 meeting were approved with 2 small changes.Afterwards, TNCC reviewed the new ThurstonNatureCenter
web page, located at http://home.comcast.net/~foster43/site/.Colin will be adding new information now that
the old web page has been transferred from Neal’s U-M personal site.
Next Mike Conboy reviewed upcoming
activities as part of the Land Steward’s report.The burn permit for the prairie area at the
southwest edge of the ThurstonNatureCenter has been applied for, and
should arrive in the next couple of days.We need the ground to dry out and some trash needs to be picked up.New wood chips have been ordered, and will be
delivered to 3 locations around the Pond.This Spring’s Work Days are scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2008 from and on Sunday, April 20th
from .We will concentrate on spreading the wood
chips.Colin volunteered to try and get
local Cub Scout Pack 160 involved again.Mike has been looking for sources of trees for plantings; pawpaws from the Sugarbush area
are a possibility.
Colin reviewed the $80k US Fish & Wildlife Service grant
that he, Neal Foster, & Dave Szczygiel
from the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Environmental Education Program have
been working on.We are proposing to get
local school children involved in an active restoration program on the 8 AAPS
wetland properties to improve fish & wildlife habitat.The pre-proposal is due in early April, and
the USFWS will notify us if they want a full proposal soon afterwards.
Neal reviewed information on the 45 foundations that fund
environmental work in Michigan.There is a possibility these could be sources
for restoration work for the ThurstonNatureCenter.
Lia & Bram Van Leer said that
they are hoping to find new volunteers to take over maintenance of the purple
martin house that is near their house at the edge of the ThurstonElementary School playground.Keeping a regular eye out for the purple martins
and removing other species would be high on the list of maintenance needs.
by Colin Brooks, TNCC Secretary-Treasurer.