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Volunteers Rebuild and Protect Important Habitats

IMG_0847_1Photo by Robert Barossi

by Robert Barossi

Two great stories with a common theme this morning. Wherever they work, environmental volunteers are often working hard to protect, preserve, even rebuild the habitats where wildlife species live.

First, a story out of the Illinois Times focused on a fantastic organization doing some fantastic work. As the article title indicates, the group, which owns 300 acres of land and manages another 2,000, prides itself in being “Nature’s Friends.” The group states as their mission the saving of area habitats, protecting and preserving the environment while also keeping the areas available and open to hunters, anglers and foragers. Doing so is accomplished by a group of dedicated  volunteers and the group’s inspiring leader, Vern LaGesse. Among other insights, he notes, “I spent my lifetime being part of these places and trying to understand their secret knowledge. I am learning so much every year. That’s what keeps me going.” Check out more about LaGesse and his group, Friends of Sangamon Valley, at their Facebook page.

Farther west, in Washington, volunteers are working hard to recreate a habitat for birds. Four years ago, bird boxes were removed from the Port Susan Nature Preserve, as part of a larger project by the Nature Conservancy. Now, the organization’s volunteers are replacing the bird boxes and hollow gourds, placing them high on wood pilings around the area. The estuary where the bird boxes are located is also getting some help from the volunteers by way of trash cleanup and  invasive species removal. They are hopeful that all of this work will bring songbirds who used to occupy the estuary back to the region.

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Shaping the Shoreline

 Onondaga_Lake_Park(Photo by Joegrimes at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert Barossi

This story came to me from my friend (and fellow Green Mountain College alum) Christine Harris. On the environmental blog The Ecotone Exchange, you will find of excellent articles, well worth reading. The story comes from upstate New York, where members of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps are actually creating a new wetland through their work, which includes planting native shrubs and trees and building habitat structures. This very hands-on work is both inspiring and educational and will go a long way towards protecting the habitats and species of the lake’s shoreline. It’s also likely to increase awareness among the human population and foster a greater connection to this precious natural area.

Check out more information on the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps here. And some great photos form the project are here.