Saturday May 21: Invasive plant mangement

18 May

Spring has sprung in fits and starts, but that hasn’t stopped some invasive species from beginning this year’s growth. Please join us this Saturday May 21 from 9-11 am to control some of the invasive species that frequent Rainbow Beach Dunes. We will specifically focus on while and yellow sweetclover, to prevent these plants from contributing seeds to next year’s crop.

Rainbow Beach Dunes is located at 3111 E. 77th St.  By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.  By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water treatment plant, and park in the first parking lot. Parking passes are available. Please meet at the nature area, which is located at the southern end of the beach.  Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

Other announcements:
Alliance for the Great Lakes is featuring Rainbow Beach Park in their Monitoring and Habitat Restoration Field Training and Workday. This is a great opportunity and will be available to 10 volunteers who can make an all day (9am-4pm) commitment on Saturday June 25. For everyone else, we’ll have a regular workday that afternoon from 2-4pm. More details to come!

– I’m teaching a class with Morton Arboretum this summer called “Exploring Dune Habitats” which includes an evening lecture and a field day (July 7 & July 9). You’ll learn about natural history, geology, and botany as we discuss the past and future of dune habitats in the area. Register here.

*Mark your calendar!*
Other upcoming workdays at RBD:
Saturday June 25, 2-4 pm: native plant installation

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