Professional Stewards Hikes

The Professional Stewards Hikes are small gatherings of professionals with extensive experience in local conservation and restoration.

If you're interested in getting involved, please contact us at psh at stewardshipnetwork dot org

About Professional Stewards Hikes Events

Friday, April 26, 2019, 1-4pm - Native Spring Bees with Gordon Fitch

The spring ephemerals are emerging and the early bees are out! Join U of M bee researcher Gordon Fitch to learn about the diverse ecologies of spring-flying bees. Get tips on how you can support these important pollinators, and learn how you can effectively and non-destructively monitor bee populations.

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1-4pm - Botanical Inventory and Floristic Quality Assessment with Beverly Walters

How do you decide where, how much, and how often to survey a site? Do you mainly do a meander survey or do you also use some systematic sampling to ensure that you're casting the net widely enough? How should the landscape direct your inventory approach? Are there modifications of the FQA (like Universal FQA) that go beyond simple presence/absence data to account for abundance, and how effective or necessary are those approaches?

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12:30 – 3:30pm - Oak Openings Management Challenges with Sylvia Taylor

Sylvia Taylor will lead a Saturday field foray to Petersburg State Game Area to discuss management for rare butterflies and oak woodlands, hopefully during peek lupine flowering season! See:

Friday, July 12, 2019, 1-4pm: Restoration Planning at SMLC’s Conservancy Farm with Julie McLaughlin
Julie McLaughlin, the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy Stewardship Coordinator, will lead a discussion at SMLC's Conservancy Farm site on whether and how to restore active agricultural lands and fallow lands, including questions such as:
- How do we monitor the success of the fallow fields going from farmed > hayed > fallow > restored?