Field assessor Mark Gawronski gets muddy at Mud Lake Bog in Northfield Township

Bioreserve Project staff have completed reports on over 100 natural area properties that over 77 volunteers assessed over the last two field seasons!  Volunteers found 290 different ecosystems and identified over 500 different plant species!

Here is an example of one of the reports we have shared with property owners, conservancies, and local governments.  We will be working with them on restoration and protection of the highest scoring properties.

HRWC is preparing for our third field season, to begin this May.

If you are interested in participating, join us for the next field assessment training:

Assessing Natural Areas: Rapid Ecological Assessment

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Room 125

Join Kris Olsson of the Huron River Watershed Council to learn how you can help identify high-quality natural areas for protection, as part of HRWC Bioreserve Project . At this workshop, volunteers will learn to conduct a rapid ecological assessment of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and aquatic habitats. Trained volunteers are then certified to be sent out in groups to work together on site assessments throughout the spring, summer and fall (an expected time commitment of four hours per site). Participants will gain broadly applicable skills in ecological assessment. Please bring a sack lunch. The workshop includes hands-on practice outdoors, so please come prepared for weather and mud.

Register here

If you cannot attend but would still like to participate, check out the web site to find out how to get involved.