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March 2021 Programs at Grass River Natural Area

March 2021 Programs at Grass River Natural Area

Late Winter Tracking
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Noon to 1:00 pm
Free Zoom program
Join Emily Burke to explore the science and art of wildlife tracking. Late winter is a perfect time of year to learn or improve this skill, with snow and the mud created from melting snow providing great mediums for preserving tracks. In this program, you will discover how to identify tracks of Northern Michigan mammals to the species level, discuss gait and animal movement patterns, and learn how to glean information like an animal’s direction, speed, and when it traveled through the area, all from its tracks! Go to grassriver.org to register and get the Zoom link.

Tapping Maple Trees
Saturday March 13, 2021 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
$10 per person, limited space, must pre-register
Discover the ceremonial art of maple tapping by learning both traditional and modern methods. This program will cover all the
equipment you need as well as how to do it at home. Get a chance to tap a tree, and see maple syrup being made, from tree to bottle. This program will take place all outdoors with a small group. Limited space. Must pre-register. Get more information and register at grassriver.org.

Maple Sugaring Basics
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Free Zoom program
Join James Dake online on your lunch break to discover the ceremonial art of tapping maple trees by learning both traditional
and modern methods. This online presentation will cover the equipment basics you need to do it at home and the process from
tree to bottle. Go to grassriver.org to register and get the Zoom link.

Spring Equinox Bird Walk
Saturday March 20, 2021 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
$5 per person, must pre-register
Who are the first birds to show up in the spring? Join us for the first walk in our birding series, on the first day of spring as we look and listen for these early arrivals. Binoculars are available to borrow or bring your own. If there is still snow bring snowshoes or rent some for an additional $5 in the Grass River Center. Limited space. Must pre-register. Get more information and register at grassriver.org.

 

Maple Day!
Saturday March 20, 2021, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Free, stop by any time GRNA will be boiling sap to make syrup at the Pavilion at the Grass River Center. Stop by any time to experience the process of making maple syrup. Ask staff questions and hike on the trails to see where we collect the sap. The Center will be open indoors from 10am to 4pm.

 

Moonlight Owling
Friday March 26, 2021 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
$10 per person, limited space, must pre-register
Do you know which owl you’re hearing when they “hoot” at night? Many owls have already began nesting by this time of year. Learn about the calls and habits of local owls and then take a hike under moonlight to listen for owls. Bring a light. Snowshoes are available for rent if snow is deep or bring your own. Limited space. Must pre-register. Get more information and register at grassriver.org.