Field Notes

Conservation Easements / Loons

May 24, 2019 Much of the land GTRLC protects is on private land. We work with landowners to put what’s called a conservation easement on these these...
Field Notes

Trout Lily

April 26, 2019 The small and unique “trout lily” (Erythronium americanum) is one of the first spring ephemeral plant species to herald the arrival of spring.  This little native...
Field Notes

Burls

March 14, 2019 Have you ever seen those large knot-like structures protruding from a tree trunk and wondered what they are? These peculiar growths are called burls....
Field Notes

American Robin, A Spring Harbinger?

February 20, 2019 On cold, gray February days, our thoughts sometimes wander toward warmer temps and spring harbingers like the arrival of the American Robin. But the...
Field Notes

Woodpecker Drumming

February 20, 2019 In late winter/early spring, one of the most reliable signs of spring is the sound of woodpeckers drumming in the woods. There are 8...
Field Notes

Subnivean Zone

February 20, 2019 Do you ever wonder where all the critters go to make it through the winter? Survival techniques vary, of course, but some utilize the...
Field Notes

Drumlins

January 16, 2019 Michigan is a state shaped by glaciers, and during various stages of the last glacial retreat called the “Wisconsin glaciation” approximately 10,000 years ago,...
Videos

Field Notes: Rotational Grazing

October 16, 2018 There is a lot happening on farms across the region this time of year, including at Misty Acres, one of GTRLC’s two farms. Watch...
Videos

Field Notes: Nest Box Cleaning

September 24, 2018 Its autumn and nesting season is over so its time to clean out the nest boxes. Check out this quick video to learn why...