Monday, November 15, 2010
Originally, the first wet meadow was going to be in this location, but because of the existing sidewalk (now removed) and a shallow underground drain tile, Wet Meadow 1 was built just to the north.
During construction, the Super Swampers investigated where the drain tile was located by finding the west and east catch basins.
The new design also includes a grass path between wet meadow 1 and the expansion, sometimes called 1b.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The purple flowers of New England aster are also prominent.
Look closely and you may spot an insect getting a late meal of pollen or nectar.
Here's a video (from someone in Pennsylvania) of bees on Helenium:
Sunday, September 19, 2010
It's useful to remember that the Buhr Park Childrens' Wet Meadow Project had its origins in concern for water quality in Malletts Creek and the Huron River. While the park is perhaps a half mile away from the creek, they are linked by underground storm drains.
About 2004, some teenagers and a stormwater expert prepared a plan to capture 100% of the rain water that falls on the park. It felt like it might take 10 or 20 years to achieve that goal.
In fact, with the May 2010 planting of the northern wet meadow, and continuing efforts at Allen School, we are very close.
You can always visit the creek, using the entrance to Mary Beth Doyle Park on Packard, just southeast of Buhr. For a special event, join us there on Saturday, October 23. We will be planting seeds.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Children captured live insects for safe, up-close observation. (All were released at the end of the program.) We also talked about how to be safe around insects.
Our presenter this year was Annie Kirk, from the Berry Crops Entomology Lab at MSU. Kick grew up in the fruit-growing areas of West Michigan, and has recently co-authored an article on blueberry pollination in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
The meadows were ablaze with wildflowers – prairie dock, stiff goldenrod and other natives are at the height of their annual display. Many beneficial insects were drinking nectar and were easy to observe.
The event was co-sponsored by City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation and Wild Ones – Native Plants, Native Landscapes. Thanks to Jeannine Palms for great photos.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
There are many white bonesets and blue vervain. Also one very showy ironweed.
Also, the trees planted throughout the park by Rotary in June are doing well. (Most years we'd be watching to see if new trees need supplemental watering about this time, but this year's frequent rains have taken care of it for us.)
I especially like the two hop-hornbeams (Ostrya) near the Eagle Scout bench.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Each year we plant native trees or shrubs to honor our new high school graduates. This year, we planted wild plums and persimmons.
Here's a persimmon seedling.
With financial support from the Wildflower Assn. of Michigan, we hope to plant more native shrubs in September, including blueberries.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wild raspberries are ripening! There are many growing in and around the Palace of Nature, on the west side of WM II.
Also, the serviceberries (aka juneberries, Amelancier spp.) planted last year are ripe. The ripe berries are purple, not red. Most have a single large seed. I hear that you can make a great-tasting jelly with these.
Thanks to Mike Levine at Nature and Nurture for healthy stock and reliable advice.
Here's a photo.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
You can see water standing in the basin at about noon today (Sunday). This view is looking North, towards Allan School.
On the downhill (southeast) side, towards the gravel parking lot, it's clear that water flowed through the spillway, as it is designed to do in heavy downpours.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The planting celebration on Sunday, May 23, was a family affair! Kids, parents, and grandparents from near and far planted wildflowers at Buhr Park.
Kids of all ages had fun while learning to work together on a project that will catch rainwater and add beauty to the park.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Come help plant Buhr Park's latest environmentally-friendly, stormwater-drinking, critter habitat-building, wet meadow.
10AM to 4PM
- Your children, parents, friends and neighbors
- Small trowel or shovel for digging
- Water bottle (free refills!)
- Sun protection
- 10am - 4pm
Sun Salutation with Victoria Cendrowski, neighbor and yoga instructor
Milkweed Puppet Show with Leah and Rachel White
- 11:30 - 1pm
Pilar’s Tamale Cart open for food purchases (bring your own dishes so we don’t make waste)
Tunes with Dale Petty
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The earth day festival will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 Noon to 4 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College's Morris Lawrence building.
The wet meadow team will be there with our display focusing on recruiting people to come to the Wet Meadow III planting.
As usual, we'll be participating in the all species parade. We encourage people to come dressed as a milkweed or a member of the milkweed ecosystem. See the list of possibilities below, or check out the Milkweed Web of Life document.
- Common Milkweed
- Butterfly weed
- Swamp Milkweed
- bees (pollinators)
- honey bees
- green metallic bee
- carpenter bees
- gray striped "leaf-cutter" bees
- Milkweed Tussock Moth
- Clear-wing hawkmoth
- Long horned milkweed
- Lady bug
- Small milkweed bug- nymph
- Small milkweed bug- adult
- Large milkweed bug- nymph
- Large milkweed bug- adult
- Milkweed assassin bug
- Tachinid flies
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
“Wet Meadow Burn”: Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow. City natural area program staff conducted the annual prescribed burn of the wet meadow on Thursday, April 1, 2010. “It’s quite a sight--my daughter has gone to prescribed burns since age 2 and loves them,” says one parent. “I think it’s quite safe for kids of any age if they’re with a parent.”
Dozens of kids and parents showed up to help collect seeds and learn about how this helps wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other creatures. Stop by in a week or so to see new growth sprouting from the deep roots of our native plants. Buhr Park, 2751 Packard 48104. Free. 971-5870
(These photos are from past years; we'll have new ones soon.)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Allen School received funds to purchase plants for a butterfly garden as part of the nature area on the south side of the school.
The Wet Meadow Project will use the grant money to buy woody plants for the area called the Palace of Nature, next to Wet Meadow II.
On hand in Lansing to receive the grants were Clare, Sophia (for the Wet Meadow team) and Dave Corsa (for Allen School).
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Construction of Wet Meadow III is taking part in two phases: hardscape & grading and planting. Hardscape and grading was completed in the fall of 2009 by the City of Ann Arbor. It will be planted by volunteers on May 23, 2010. More about Wet Meadow III Planting Day.
The overall project is being funding by the City of Ann Arbor as part of the parks improvement millage. The design was done by ECT in Ann Arbor. The site plan is available online. To orient yourself when looking at the site plan - Essex Road is at the left end of the path and Allen School is at the top center.