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?
Get to know or review your insects (the most important organisms on the planet!) while discussing and practicing the best ways to sample and survey them. Erika Tucker and George Hammond both have experience finding, catching, and identifying insects in the field, as well as leading citizen-science based surveys of insects and other critters. We'll see what id characteristics and sampling methods you could use and what finding different or particular insects might reveal about the quality or condition of a restoration site.
Meet at MBG for an intro talk, reviewing a state-wide oak regeneration survey conducted by Mike Kost and colleagues at MNFI , then carpool to nearby UM sites and city natural areas to consider sites and factors that constrain or promote oak regeneration, as well as how sites can be managed.