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Spring Programs at Seven Ponds




MARCH


Leave it to Beaver
Sunday, March 2, 2:00 pm
Beaver play a prominent role at Seven Ponds. We will look at some specimens up close and view a great movie before taking a walk to the lodge on Tree Top Pond.

Spring Prelude
Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm
It isn’t spring… and it’s not quite winter? On this walk we will look for clues to help us figure out what season it actually is.

Field School Sign-up
Friday, March 14, 9:00 am
This is the day for early registration for summer field school programs. The sign-up starts at 9:00 am sharp.

Begin to Carve
Saturday, March 15, 9:00 am–noon
Participants will get a basic orientation of woodcarving and they will complete a small project, of which there is a variety to choose from. All materials will be provided. Participants need to be 13 years or older. (Participants 13–15 old need to have a parent present). Fee: $15.00 ($10.00 members). Please call to pre-register. Limit 12 participants.

Woodpecker Wonders
Sunday, March 16, 2:00 pm
After viewing a slide presentation, we will go out on the trails to see how many species of woodpeckers we can find.

Seven Ponds Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 22, 9:00 am
All Seven Ponds members are welcome as we review the center’s activities for the past year, honor outgoing board members, and elect new board members and officers.

Dessert and Discover : Composting
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 pm
It’s time to start thinking about getting our gardens into order, and this afternoon we will learn all about composting while enjoying a delicious dessert. Come on out and let’s get your soil situated. Please call to pre-register.

Tea Time and Tannins
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm
Try out some natural teas and munch on a scone before we explore the uses of tannins in nature on a walk. Please call to pre-register.


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APRIL

Saginaw Bay Birding
Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Today we will head north to Fish Point and other areas on Saginaw Bay in search of tundra swans, ducks and geese, raptors, and other early migrating birds. We may also get to see such lingering winter residents as snowy owl, northern shrike, and Lapland longspur. We’ll make a day of it, stopping for lunch along the way. Some participants may be required to drive. Bring binoculars, field guide, snacks, and spotting scope if you have one. Dress for the weather. Please pre-register by calling the nature center. Fee: $18.00 ($15.00 member).

Woodland Wildflower Workday
Friday, April 4, 1:00 pm
Come help us ready the Woodland Wildflower Area for the beautiful array of blossoms that will be coming our way soon. Fulfill Master Gardener Hours.

Jr. Girl Scout Badge Day
Saturday, April 5
Legacy Badge – Flowers
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Jr. Girl Scouts will learn all about flowers while earning this badge through hiking and hands-on discovery. Girls should bring flowers to make arrangements.
Skill building Badge – Animal Habitats
2:00–4:00 pm
Jr. Girl Scouts will earn this badge by investigating animals and their habitats found here in Michigan.
Fee: $5.00 per scout per program. Please call to pre-register. Limit of 20 scouts per badge.

Dessert and Discover: Invasive Plants
Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm
This afternoon’s discussion will focus on identifying and learning how to manage non-native, invasive plants in your yards. During the program we will enjoy a fabulous dessert and we will finish the program off with a walk to see many of the plants up-close and personal. Please call to pre-register.

Botanical Easter Eggs
Sunday, April 13, 2:00 pm
Sign up to learn this old-fashioned way of coloring Easter eggs. Wrapped in flowers and leaves and soaked in a natural dye, these beautiful eggs are sure to become a yearly tradition in your house. Pre-registration is required. Ages 12 and up. Fee: $5.00 ($2.00 members).

Invasive Plant Workday
Sunday, April 20, 1:00 pm
We will spend the afternoon working on removing garlic mustard. This a great opportunity for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Invasive Plant Workday
Thursday, April 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
We will spend the afternoon working on removing garlic mustard. This a great opportunity for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Owl Prowl
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm
Our owl prowl will begin indoors with a short talk about the owls of Michigan. We’ll then hike along the trails in hopes of calling in one or more of the center’s resident owls. Bring a flashlight. This program is limited to 25 participants. Please call to pre-register. Fee: $5.00 ($3.00 member).

Salamander Foray
Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20, 2:00 pm
Join us for a salamander day of discovery at Jonathan Woods. We will be looking for many examples of the six species that reside in the rich woods while learning about their natural history and conservation. Meet at Seven Ponds and carpool to the site. Limit 12 at each session. Please call to pre-register. Fee: $3.00 per adult, $1.00 per child (members free).

Spring Bird Walk #1
Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 am
This first spring bird walk will take us along the center’s own trails in search of year-around resident birds and those which have already come back from the south, including sandhill cranes, ducks, swallows, eastern bluebirds, eastern towhees, blackbirds, and others. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather.
Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members).

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MAY


NatureFest and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
See flyer insert for details.

Invasive Plant Workday and Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 4, 1:00 pm
We will spend the afternoon working on removing Dame’s Rocket and Garlic Mustard and looking at native wildflowers. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Spring Bird Walk #2
Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 am
For our second spring bird walk we’ll travel by car to the nearby Ortonville Recreation Area. This state-owned property has a variety of habitats and we will be able to see a nice variety of nesting birds, as well as species which are migrating to more northern locations. Likely sightings include migrating warblers, Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, and indigo bunting. Cerulean and hooded warblers nest in the area. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members).

Invasive Plant Workday
Thursday, May 8, 2:00–4:00 pm
We will spend the afternoon working on removing Garlic Mustard. This a great opportunity for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Build Your Own Tufa Toad Abode
Saturday, May 10, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
From start to finish we will mix and construct a tufa house, covered in moss or pebbles ready for your favorite garden toad. This workshop is for adults and for those 10 years and above (with parent). Bring gloves, plastic bowls, a tray or flat heavy cardboard, lunch, and a beverage. Fee $15.00 (members $12.00) includes all supplies and instruction. Please call to pre-register.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 11, 2:00 pm
We should see some lovely examples of wildflowers, both inside and outside of the Woodland Wildflower Area.

Spring Bird Walk #3
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 am
Mid-May is an excellent time to find migrating warblers at the nature center, as well as many other summer resident birds which are back on territory. It is not unusual to find over 70 species during a May morning of birding at the nature center. We’ll visit a variety of habitats today and see how many we can tally. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather. Fee $3.00 (no charge for members).

Waterc0lor Workshop with Mike Monville
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mike is a well known local artist working in a variety of media. His work is inspired by nature and is held in many collections here and abroad, (see
http://threewatersstudio.com). This workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate students. Drawing skills are very helpful, but not absolutely necessary. All materials included. Pre-registration required. Cost: $110.00 ($105.00 for members). Limit of 6 students.

Bobolink Bonanza
Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm
Bobolinks, meadowlarks, and sparrows are sure to be plentiful on the Richie Pond Preserve this spring. We will carpool over to this property and spend the afternoon in the field.

Spring Bird Walk #4
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 am
Our fourth spring bird walk will take us to a portion of the Lapeer State Game Area. Here we will visit mostly mature woodland locations in search of nesting songbirds, including a variety of warblers. Blue-winged warbler, American redstart, hooded warbler, cerulean warbler, northern waterthrush, and worm-eating warbler will be some of the birds we will be hunting for. Meet at the center and we will carpool to the site. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members.)

Invasive Plant Workday
Thursday, May 22, 2:00–4:00 pm
We will spend the afternoon working on removing garlic mustard. This a great opportunity for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Curious Canoers of Seven Ponds
Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am
Join us for the first trip of the season out onto the ponds by canoe. We never know what we will find on our explorations, but we always have a great time. Dress warm as it tends to be chillier on the water. Pre-registration required. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members). Minimum 5 years old, 10 to paddle.

Wildflower Lore and Legends
Sunday, May 25, 2:00 pm
Let’s explore some strange uses and weird names of some of our most common wildflowers.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
We will be open on this holiday for you to come out with your picnic lunch and tour the grounds.

Cadette Badge Day – Night Owl
Friday, May 30, 7:30 pm
Cadettes will earn this badge by learning all about the night world through a hike, nighttime animal, and a craft. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Limit 20 scouts. Please call to pre-register.