Wildlife in Winter

  • Location
    East Jordan, Michigan
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Provide more food and shelter to animals using the swamp as shelter in winter.

Our Plan

Planting of native plants such as white cedar and dogwoods to provide food to deer when they move into wintering grounds. Also, stop erosion of soils into the Jordan River by stabilizing the streambanks that feed into the river.

Themes Addressed

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    Water Pollution & Conservation
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we ended up splitting our work crew up. One family did the prep work while another did the actual planting.

Through this project I/we learned:

Doing a large project in smaller chunks makes things seem more doable. I think if we had done a larger area with more trees, we would have felt overwhelmed. Baby steps.

What I/we might change:

We planted dogwoods this time. When we do another planting, we will move to another area and plant white cedar.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

I was on the planting team, so walking the woods with my dog was an awesome way to spend a day.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

We were able to obtain our trees through our local conservation district. They do yearly spring and fall seedling sales. This is how we were able to get so many trees at a great price.

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