This last Saturday was our Annual Work Bee, when many volunteers (individuals and groups) came out for the ultimate Dirt Time: helping spruce up the Dahlem Center for spring and summer.
There were plenty of chores to choose from. This group of stalwart individuals tackled the new path around our tillite (a very large stone, left by glaciers). The high water table made this job a real challenge.
We had a group of ROTC kids and their leader cleaning out our frog pond – removing layers of muck and getting the cattails under control.
We had a team out doing invasive plant removal – the woody plant division (buckthorn, autumn olive and honeysuckle).
New bark chips were placed on part of our Special Needs Trail.
Another crew hiked out toward the prairie to paint the sides of our shelter,
while the nestbox crew placed screech owl boxes in selected sites to encourage these small raptors to nest on the property.
The Garlic Mustard Division of the invasive species removal crew waded into the woods to pull up many bags of garlic mustard.
We had gardeners sprucing up the native plant beds around the building,
and a cleaning crew making sure all our windows sparkled once more.
Every small pond was cleaned out. Here we have work being done to restore the waterfall at our birdfeeding area.
The Friends of Dahlem put on a good lunch to feed the hungry hoard.
And worked continued, from 9 AM until after 2 PM. Here the sugaring equipment used in March is getting a thorough washing before being stored away for another year.
Our volunteers seem to enjoy helping out, for every face had a smile.
And, of course, no educational opportunity passes untouched. Gary found a false morel (a poisonous mushroom) and is sharing it’s identification traits with two volunteers.