Monthly Archive: April 2012

First Saturday of the Month Work Parties Resumed Saturday April 7

Sixteen volunteers (including 7 students) removed weeds to restore native vegetation at the southwest (Blackbird) restoration site on the southwest side of the lake AND found six easter eggs hiding in the weeds in the process! The erstwhile group worked on the plantings at the pied-billed grebes nesting site on the southeast corner of the lake near Pitch & Putt golf course on May 5. Join us any time between 9 and 12 of a work party date as we get dirty and have fun restoring wildlife habitat at Green Lake.

You can email us at friendsofGL@gmail.com to sign up, or you can just stop by if you want. You don’t have to sign up ahead. Come dressed to get dirty and resist thorns, and bring gloves and weeding tools, if you have them.

Restoring dense vegetation along the shoreline encourages the birds to again raise their chicks on our urban lake, and provides spring flowers for nectar-loving hummingbirds and later in the season, berries for foraging songbirds. Friends of Green Lake is an association of volunteers whose mission is “to ensure a healthy lake for wildlife and recreation”.

FOGL volunteers removed blackberries from the shoreline last Oct. re-planted with natives in March and April, and weeded and watered in May and July (see pictures in the slideshow, above.) In November 2011 and April 2012 we weeded restoration sites. FOGL only exists because of volunteers. Like what we do? Come join in!

FOGL has IRS approved tax-exempt status for environmental, scientific and educational activities.Photos courtesy of Mickey Schurr and Garet Munger.

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