Friday, May 13, 2016

Lupines in Bloom

An early morning walk revealed beautiful lupines in bloom. The sandy area at the north end of Wet Meadow 2.





Friday, April 15, 2016

Tickle bees at Buhr - April 2016

Tickle bees are emerging at Buhr Park thgis weekend. Look in sandy places for holes (about pencil-diameter) and mounds of soil. The stingless male bees may be buzzing around about 8 -12 inches above the ground.
  These are ground-nesting bees of genus Andrena or genus Colletes. The eggs hatch in early Spring, and the new adults dig their way to the surface. The males fly around looking for partners. They eat nectar from violets and other plants that bloom very early. They are a sure sign that Spring is here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 Burn was successful on Tuesday, April 5

Due to weather conditions, the was re-scheduled to Tuesday, April 5.The weather was sunny and cool. A breeze helped the smoke lift and disperse.

Many children, parents and neighbors helped with seed collection and dispersal. All watched the burn from a safe distance.

As usual, we spent time explaining why the wet meadows are important and why controlled burning helps the native plants.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wet Meadow Burn 2016 Edition: April 4, 4:30 PM


The annual burn at the Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow(s) will be on Monday April 4, 2016 at 4:30 PM. Come earlier and help out and watch as burns progress through other parts of the park.

The burn is weather-dependent, so check back in here or on Facebook for updates.

Location:
Buhr Park
2751 Packard Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Tickle bees" at Buhr

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You may have seen this video about "tickle bees" at an elementary school in Portland, OR.
http://www.katu.com/familymatters/go_green/TICKLE-BEES-255872371.html
 
These are stngless, solitary native bees that nest in bare soil (in this case a school playground. ) For several years the Oregon children have been playing with them in early Spring, and call them "tickle bees". (Scientist call them Adrena sp.)

We are lucky to have some of these amazing insects in the Buhr Park Childrens Wet Meadows.They especially like the bare soil in the upper basin of Wet Meadow II.(This is behind the swimming pool, closest to the ice rink.)

Have you seen their  little cones and dirt piles? This time of year, you may also see males cruising about 12 - 14 inches above the ground. (There's a great shot of this in the Oregon video.) Sunny days are best to see the bees in flight.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Volunteer Stewardship Event

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Friday, July 25, 6:30-8:30pm
In BUHR PARK
(north end of gravel parking lot)
 
*Learn about this project that provides a habitat for native plants and animals,
an attractive educational site for children, neighbors and other visitors, an environmental filter for storm water runoff from the park grounds, and most recently, a model for exploring
the integration of native plants and food production.  
*Tour the 3 wet meadows and the new food forest.
*Dig in and help spread woodchips, pull weeds, plant, mulch. Bring your favorite tools;  
gardening attire recommended.
*Bring family, friends and neighbors. All ages welcome.
 
Refreshments provided. Bring your own drinking cup.  
 
For more information or to learn more about the project: email or call -

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wet Meadow Two - 10th Anniversary!

A team of teens and community volunteers planned and planted the second wet meadow in Buhr Park 10 years ago this summer. It is getting along famously and servings its purposes of capturing rainwater that falls in the park and nearby neighborhoods and making the park a more interesting place for people and critters of all shapes and sizes.

The most interesting feature of wet meadow 2 is the sand zone at the north end. When excavating we were surprised to discover such a sandy area. It has turned out to be a wonderful habitat for cacti, bluestem, and killer wasps.