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Learn how to start your own bee colony

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Are you interested in starting your own bee hives but have no idea where to start? There is a class available this weekend at the Wittenbach-Wege Center.     Local apiarist Don Snoeyink will go over the basics of beekeeping and what you need to get started. Included in the registration fee is a book for new beekeepers (one per registration), handouts, a link to an e-book and a spring visit to Don’s hives to watch him work with live bees.   A snack is included but participants are asked to bring a lunch. Cost is $60 per person or $80 per family and registration is required.

Making the best of the winter months at Wittenbach Center

Making the best of the winter months at Wittenbach Center

Lowell Twp., Mich.(WZZM) Now that Christmas is over, you might be looking for something to help pass the time during the winter months. Wittenbach Wege Center is reminding people that there are a lot of things to do outdoors.

Center officials say the 140 acres of trees and meadows provide the perfect backdrop for a walk, snowshoe adventure, and cross-country skiing.  The lack of leaves also make it easier to watch birds and track animals through the forest.

The WWC has snowshoes for rent for $4.00 a person in sizes from pre-school through adult. They can be rented during normal business hours Monday - Firday 8-4p.m. and Sundays 1-4p.m. 

Bird watchers wanted for annual count

Bird watchers wanted for annual count

Bird watchers are wanted for the annual winter count on January 1, 2011.  There are seven “count” areas that cover the eastern metro area, which include the communities of Ada, Cascade, Lowell and surrounding townships.

Field teams, with knowledgeable birders, will depart at 8:00AM from the Wittenback/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Center at 11715 Vergennes Road in Lowell.  The participants will return around Noon for lunch.  At 5:00PM, the groups will gather to tally their findings.

The Grand Rapids Audubon Club pays the national $5.00 participation fee, even though donations will be accepted.  For more information call Ranger Steve at 616-696-1753 or click on this link:  http://www.glsga.org/graud/grac_bird_count.htm


B.D. White Nature Preserve workday this Saturday

Lowell, MI - The high winds West Michigan suffered these past weeks have created a need for an impromptu workday at the B.D. White Nature Preserve in Lowell, MI. There are numerous downed logs to remove from the trail and the nature preserve sign must be reinstalled. Depending on the number of volunteers, they hope to remove some invasive woody plants at the preserve as well.
B.D. White Nature Preserve Workday
Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. (meet at the preserve’s trailhead)
B.D. White Nature Preserve is located at 12589 36th St., Lowell, MI 49331

Wege Natural Area workday

From: Michelle Harris, Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Please join us for this invasive species removal workday at Wege Natural Area, 11715 Vergennes, Lowell, MI

Saturday, October 23 – 9:00am until 12:00 noon
Recent successes have made great strides against the autumn olive threatening the health of the oak forest at Wege Natural Area.  Join us by removing other invasive woody shrubs such as honeysuckle, multiflora rose and barberry before they become the next invader.
All tools will be provided.  Participants may bring their own gloves and loppers. Children 10 and older welcome with adult supervision. Please note: this workday will NOT happen if it is raining.