Life after prescribed burns

Life after prescribed burns

By Gary Siegrist, Legacy volunteer and naturalist Following recent prescribed burns at the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson and Sharon Hills Nature Preserves, Legacy staff are frequently asked “what happens next?” Nature doesn’t wait months or require full regeneration to begin using the area just burned. First to investigate the burns are many of our feathered […]

EMU students beat back buckthorn

EMU students beat back buckthorn

“I found a spider’s nest. I got to get a picture of this,” yelled Remell “Remy” Thomas, a senior at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Her four classmates crowded around Thomas as she knelt beside the base of a large buckthorn shrub snapping photographs of spider eggs. The EMU students were helping clear buckthorn shrubs—an invasive […]

Restoration at work

Restoration at work

Legacy’s stewardship team and volunteer Sara Lupkas spent October 26 tossing handfuls of fluffy white and tiny brown seeds at the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Preserve’s prairie restoration site, 15-acres of former farmland. Native grasses and wildflowers—from seeds collected at a Legacy conservation easement, at the Reichert Nature Preserve, and at the planted prairie communities […]