Events and Workshops

January 11 and 14                  Let’s Read Lake City

10:30 - 11:30 am, Ardis Missaukee District Library

The Missaukee Conservation District will be joining Let’s Read Lake City for farm animal learning fun. We will read farm related books and you can take home a farm animal toy and a barn to decorate.

January 11 at Pioneer Township Hall

January 14 at Ardis Missaukee District Library

 

January 20 and                       Wings, Beaks, and Feather’s- Oh, My!

February 3 and 10                 

3:00 - 4:00 pm, Ardis Missaukee District Library

Become a bird sleuth as we explore the world of birds. Discover what makes a bird a bird, why birds behave the way they do, what birds need to survive, how to identify some common birds, how you can feed birds at home, and how you can help scientists that study birds. You will learn how to make homemade birdseed treats and we will make a suet bird seed block for you to take home. For Ages 8-18. Registration required by January 14, 28 and February 4 respectively.

 

January 18                              Raven for Birds          

10:00 - 11:30 am, Missaukee Conservation District

 Come learn the basics of backyard bird watching and identification of common feeder birds. You will learn how to make homemade birdseed treats and we will make a suet bird seed block for you to take home. You will also learn how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count to help scientists that study birds. For Adults and families. Registration required by January 20.

                                                           

February, date TBD                 Strategic Use of Fertilizers

Location TBD

Workshop for farmers discussing how to get the most out of your manure and fertilizer this year.                                                                                                            

 

Friday, February 25                Forestry Carbon Credits – Are they good for you?

3:00 - 5:00 pm, Cadillac Area

A forest landowner usually only gets financial benefit when trees are harvested. Forestry Carbon Credits offer landowners a chance to be paid for trees while they are still growing. This workshop will introduce the concept of forestry carbon credits. It will help landowners decide if carbon credits are right for them and their property, as well as introduce several, very different, carbon credit companies. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3.  There is a $10 fee for this workshop. Registration is required by February 18.

 

March 8 and 11                      Let’s Read Lake City

10:30 - 11:30 am, Ardis Missaukee District Library

The Missaukee Conservation District will be joining Let’s Read Lake City for fishing learning fun. We will read fish related books and you can take home a fishing activity.

March 8 at Pioneer Township Hall

March 11 at Ardis Missaukee District Library

 

March 16                                Wild for Worms

4:00 - 5:00 pm, Ardis Missaukee District Library

 Learn how to turn food scraps into compost with red wigglers. You will build your own worm bin and learn how to care for your worms. You will also learn how to make compost tea and how to use worm compost in your garden. For Ages 8-Adult. Registration required by March 11.

 

Monday, March 21                 Learning More About Your Property Through Open-Source Websites 

Location to be determined. (Cadillac or Garfield Twp.)

The digital world we live in gives a forest landowner many sources of digital information of an individual property.  From different types of satellite imagery to soil mapping and even wetland restrictions can all be found from open-source websites at no charge. This workshop will give landowners tools to understand more about the land they own. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with Wi-Fi capability. Workshop cost is $10. Registration is required by March 14.

 

April 29 and 30                   Annual Seedling Sale

10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29 and

9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 30 or until sold out MSU AgBioResearch Station

Seedlings will be available for ordering beginning January 2022. Most varieties offered are natives and all are selected for optimal growth in our area. Order deadline is April 15, 2022. Visit www.missaukeecd.org/store to see the choices for purchase.

 

April 30                                  Let’s Build a Rain Garden!                

9:00 - 11:30 am, MSU AgBioResearch Station

Learn the basics of creating your own rain garden to capture stormwater runoff before it pollutes our local waterways. A rain garden will create a beautiful landscaping addition to your property as well as providing native plants for butterflies, bees, other insects, and birds. In this workshop participants will learn what a rain garden is, how to design and install a rain garden, and what native plants to select for the garden. Participants will receive a Rain Garden Handbook and other resource materials. Workshop cost is $20. Registration is required by April 24.

 

May 3 and 6                            Let’s Read Lake City

10:30 - 11:30 am, Ardis Missaukee District Library

The Missaukee Conservation District will be joining Let’s Read Lake City for tree learning fun. We’ll read tree related books and you can take home a pine seedling to plant.

May 3 at Pioneer Township Hall

May 6 at Ardis Missaukee District Library

 

May 13 (tentatively)              Spring Stream Monitoring

9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Community Room, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City.

Spend a day on the river and help collect aquatic insects and determine the health of Missaukee County rivers. Equipment, training, and lunch provided. Registration is required by May 9.

 

May 21                                    Managing Small Pine Plantations

10:00 - 11:30 am in the Manton area

Decades ago, red pines were planted throughout the countryside in small acreages, often at field edges. Many of those plantations are overdue for thinning and other active management. This workshop will explain the dilemma facing these plantations as well as discuss possible solutions. This is a must workshop if you own a small pine plantation. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Workshop cost is $10. Registration is required by May 13.

 

June 7                                      Managing for Diversity in your Northern Hardwood Forest

10:00 - 11:30 am in Lake City area

The northern hardwood forest has lost its American Elm, White Ash, and is presently losing American Beech. Many see Paper Birch, Black Cherries and Red Oak dying. What is happening to our forests and what can we do to help this valuable part of our natural surroundings. This field workshop will discuss what is causing these changes, and ways to help this forest, including what and where to plant various tree seedlings. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. There is no cost.

 

June 18                                   Let’s Put in a Food Plot!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 7327 S. Morey Road, McBain

Learn how to “pull a soil sample,” what to plant when, how to improve property with forestry or land management plans through NRCS, how to keep cost minimal. RSVP to Jodi, 231.839.7193 or jodi.dehate@macd.org by June 11 to win a soil sample.

 

September 24                         Hardwood Marking for Landowners

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, in Kalkaska area (exact directions will be given to registrants)

This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for landowners of small woodlots of northern hardwoods It will instruct how to selectively mark their own hardwoods for a harvest.  The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove with an emphasis to improve the quality of the remaining stand; to thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain diversity and good minimum density. Other topics will include how to retain and manage important wildlife habitat components such as rare and sensitive habitats and species, mast trees, cavity trees, and coarse woody debris.  Density measuring devices will be given to workshop registrants. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal.  Snack and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. Contact Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@macd.org or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Workshop cost is $30 per person. Registration is required by September 16.

 

To register for events, contact Missaukee Conservation District, 231.839.7193, or missaukeecd@gmail.com unless otherwise noted.