[April 28, 2017]
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On Thursday, April 6th, a group of local
master naturalists gathered in the shed at Kickapoo Creek Park. The
morning started out at below freezing temperatures and the workers
were handling water sodden bundles of new shrub starts - a chilly
None seemed mind much as this was a long awaited day, a new phase,
the beginning of reaching their intended goal.
The group had labored the past two years removing two types of
invasive shrubs, and these new varieties of bushes, if they take,
are intended to provide more diverse purposeful food and pollen
sources for wildlife.
Everyone worked quickly separating mostly
25-count bundles of shrubs. Bundles were split, counted out,
rebundled and labeled. The bundles were then set in numbered buckets
to be planted by groups the next day in specific locations located
around Kickapoo Creek Park.
On Friday morning, the group, plus a few other volunteers returned
to plant. Heavy rains made some areas quite the challenge to access,
and it was sloppy, wet, digging in low areas.
Jim Struebing coordinated the group sorting the shrubs on Thursday
Pictures by Jan Youngquist