Maher Sanctuary News
Maher Work Days
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Maher Workday a Success
by Chris Baer
Saturday, April 6, was a gift of beautiful
weather and a great group of more-than-willing workers. Nineteen boards
of the boardwalk were pried, pulled and ripped out and replaced by new
ones. Armed with crowbars, wonderbars, hammers, drills and a Sawzall,
workers accomplished the task in record time. But, they did not want to
quit and stayed to rake leaves, dirt and dead grass off the boardwalk.
Some used shovels to scrape mud and debris from where high water this
past year flooded the boardwalk. Also that morning the North Country
Trail people conducted a hike that covered the loop through Maher along
with the Dolan Preserve (Michigan Nature Association). I learned later
that 73 people participated in the hike. They were very appreciative of
Maher workers included: Cynthia Davidek, Chris Sherman, Ruth Fridsma, Sheryl and Keith Helmus, Todd Smith, Shawn and Jeni Taheri, and Jeff Neumann.
Thank you all!
Bird Boxes Cleaned at Maher
March 27 Linda Damstra and Chris Baer were monitoring and cleaning the bird boxes and found most were used and successful in 2018. Swallows and bluebirds occupied most while wrens sometimes built their towers of sticks later in the summer. We replaced one derelict box in the “prairie”.
Note: Right after the workday it was learned that the bridge that spans the artesian stream fell almost into it. Did you know that when the North Country Trail has a hike on their trails a National Park Service representative walks the trails beforehand? This person found the broken bridge. The bridge was repaired the week of April 18 by Rook’s Landscaping crew (they love the Sanctuary) in time for the Woodpecker Festival walks.