Save the Date!
Ingham Conservation District Annual Meeting and Election
January 17, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Save the date for the ICD Annual Meeting and Election. Enjoy good food, time with friends and neighbors, silent auction and interesting presentations from ICD staff, partners and our guest speaker. Learn more about what the ICD and its partners are doing to promote local conservation. This is also your opportunity to cast your vote for ICD Board Members*. We will have a vacancy in 2018. If you are interested in being on the ballot, please visit our Board Meetings page to find out what it takes to be a successful board member and download a Nominating petition 2017 (due November 13th).
*Absentee ballots are available.
Thank you to all our Stream Team Volunteers! We sampled 9 local waterways for macroinvertebrates on Saturday, October 21st. This event was followed by a Bug ID Night at MSU to identify all of the insects that were collected.
Save the Date for our Spring Event: Saturday, May 5th from 9 am-1 pm.
This event will be followed by a Bug ID night (date TBD) at MSU Natural Sciences Building Room 352 from 6:15-8:45 pm. View macroinvertebrates under the microscope and use a key to identify our stream collection species.
By volunteering, you will be trained to monitor water quality by collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates (insects) from sites within our local watersheds. This is a truly enjoyable event! Make it a family activity- youth aged 12 and up, accompanied by an adult, may participate as well.
Why collect macroinvertebrates? As different insects can tolerate varying levels of pollution, a diverse group of insects means that the stream can also support frogs, fish, and other wildlife. By knowing what streams are impaired, we can focus management activities to help restore our local water quality where it is needed.
There are Spring and Fall collection events each year, so watch for announcements of those dates year to year.
The ICD organizes or participates in local river cleanups. Dates of any river cleanup events will be announced here.
Each year, the ICD has a Spring and Fall Tree Sale. Check out the Tree Sales page for online ordering. Spring Sale offers trees, shrubs, and berries, and begins in late-January with orders taken through early April. Fall Sale will offer conifers and planting accessories, with orders taken from mid-July through early September. Your orders support our district, from its day-to-day operation and events we hold throughout the year. We greatly appreciate your orders and support!
THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers that helped to prepare trees for sale and to help with distribution! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you to our local scouting groups Girl Scouts Troop #30225, Boy Scouts Troop #97, and Cub Scout Pack #265 for helping us plant HUNDREDS of native shrubs along the ICD trails on May 6th! We planted winterberry, buttonbush, tamarack, serviceberry, nannyberry, pussy willow, and red osier dogwood in places where invasive autumn olive had been previously removed. This is a great step in restoring our property with Michigan-native species! This project was made possible by grant funding from the Wildflower Association of Michigan. Look for the interpretive signage about the project on our trails. Thank you to all!
Looking to plant your own native garden? Check out this info from MSU Extension!
The ICD is currently working on developing and scheduling more events and activities for this year. Please check back regularly for updated information and dates. You can also like our Ingham Conservation District Facebook page to stay current on our events.
The ICD also hosts workshops and educational series throughout the year, as well as other conservation-related activities such as tire recycling. Watch for updates here.
Want to volunteer with ICD on a regular basis?
We have a wonderful group of volunteers that you are more than welcome to join! If you would like to volunteer at the Conservation District, volunteers come on Mondays from 9 am-Noon to take on a variety of projects. Feel free to contact the office if you are interested. We use volunteers for light physical work, maintaining the property and intellectual involvement. We also utilize volunteers to help with landowner clinics and hunter education/training classes. If you would like to stick your toe in the water before you jump in, take a walk on the property and see what there is to work with and formulate ideas to share with us.
Check our MM-CISMA page for other upcoming invasive species events in the area.
Thank you to all our Garlic Mustard Pull and Pizza volunteers and to Zano’s Pizza of Mason for their pizza donation! We were able to pull 250 pounds of garlic mustard and report it to The Stewardship Network’s Garlic Mustard Challenge under the Mid-Michigan cluster!
The ICD hosts Hunter Safety classes each year in partnership with the Ingham Chapter Pheasants Forever. These classes are offered free of charge. Field Days and full 2-day Traditional Courses are currently TBA for August/September. Check back for dates and registration information. Find more information on deer hunting at the ICD at the Hunting at ICD page.
When Dates are Released: Questions and Registration information must be submitted to PF here. Please include full name, age, contact number and date attending. Course end times may vary. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.