Put-in-Bay Enters Garlic Mustard Pull Competition

Garlic Mustard flowering–Glenn Miller, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Put-in-Bay Garlic Mustard Pull Competition!

The City of Green near Akron, Ohio has issued us a challenge as to which community can pull the most garlic mustard in a day!  Lake Erie Islands Conservancy has accepted the challenge, but needs your help and lots of volunteers.

There is such a big problem with the invasive wildflower garlic mustard in Cooper’s Woods we need help! The best way to get rid of it is to hand pull it before it goes to seed. It pulls easily just after a spring rain!

Brendan Morgan of EnviroScience will be here Saturday May 8 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the Cooper’s Woods parking lot to arm us with strong garbage bags. Come for whatever time you are available. Volunteers will head into the woods after an educational session on what garlic mustard looks like and how to pull it.  We will fill our bags, take them back to the parking lot for weighing before dumping into a dumpster for removal so that seeds are removed from the site. After the bag is empty, grab some water and return to the woods to refill your bag. Southgate park in the city of Green is much larger at 200 acres but the density of garlic mustard is much higher at our 30 acre Coopers Woods so with enough helping hands we could win this. Weight will be calculated as total pounds pulled and pounds per volunteer hour.  The grand prize for winning this friendly competition is bragging rights and a sense of accomplishment.

Bring garden gloves to wear if you can. Some folks have had a rare allergic reaction to the strong garlic scented oils in the plant. We will have some garden gloves for those who need them still.  We will also have cold drinking water in a large cooler container-please bring your own water bottle for a refill! Refillable water bottles will be available for those who participate.  Remember you can take some garlic mustard home to eat-great in chip dip, pasta, salads, etc. Just do not take it home to plant!

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyThere will be a prize for each person pulling at least two bags of garlic mustard and  grand prizes for those pulling the most that day! Prizes include certificates from Reel Bar, Cameo Pizza, The Goat, Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, The Forge, and the Put-in-Bay Gazette. Register by emailing leiconservancy “at”
or by texting Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087. Walk ins welcome, but registering will help us in planning for prizes. The first 25 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

We are working with EnviroScience to remove invasive plants/trees from our Cooper’s Woods Preserve with funding from the Conservation Fund. They will be removing amur honeysuckle later this year by cutting and applying herbicide to the base. You can see their work from last fall with the piles of the cut brush left behind. This garlic mustard challenge and the Earth Day Challenge are all part of controlling the invasive plants so we can have a healthier Cooper’s Woods for the future–with native plants and trees that support native wildlife!

The Island in Bloom

The Island in Bloom, by Amanda Downey

Take a moment to notice the new daffodils &  tulips coming alive once again.  The spring sun awakening their bloom.  Oh, the familiar yellow colors of the Gold Forsythia Shrubs just as bright as a golden finch.

And the Dogwoods coming to life with their lovely white weeping petals.  As the earth laughs in flowers, remember to stop and smell the roses every now and then.  Enjoy the sunshine, the birds chirping a new song for the day.

Stop and notice the beauty all around you, in full bloom.  How lovely the silence is of growing things.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”  -Gerard De Nerwal

2020 Lake Erie Bass Islands Avian Research Report

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyWe are so excited to share with you our 2020 Lake Erie Bass Islands Avian Research Report from Tom Bartlett. It includes the last years bird banding data as well as a compilation of the now 18 years of bird banding on the Bass Islands. This work has been so important in documenting bird migration on the islands and assisting us with receiving grants to protect migratory habitat!

A good winter read on these cold days coming up while we are waiting for ice!

2020 Bass Islands Report Birding_02042021

Lisa Brohl, Chair, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

2021 Calendar Available from Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy2021 Calendars featuring island preserves are here!

Susan Byrnes and Michelle Pennington did a great job putting them together.  Get your own for $20 each by contacting LIsa Brohl using the information below. The calendar can be mailed to you via first class postage for $2 per calendar.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy
P. O. Box 461
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
419-366-2087 or  leicsonservancy “at” gmail.com

Put-in-Bay Wild Bird Seed Orders Due November 1st

Birding at Put in BayWild bird seed supply delivered to your island residence!

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy will sell Winter Wild Bird Seed to benefit the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy again this fall. Titgemeier’s Feed and Garden Center will supply us the following types of seed: niger/thistle, black oil sunflower, cracked corn and mixed birdseed of several grades. Titgemeier’s is a family owned feed and garden store in business since January 12, 1888 at 701 Western Avenue in Toledo, Ohio. A most unusual store, their products range from grass seed and fertilizer to pet, wild bird, and brewing supplies.  Please get your order in before November 1 to have it delivered to your island residence. To order, use the attached form  or call Kelly or Marty Faris at 419-285-4772. Delivery will be in mid November.  And remember, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is December 20 this year–we’ll need bird feeder watchers for that event.