Friday, June 22, 2012
GUIDED TALK AT SAUGATUCK HARBOR NATURAL AREA
June 23, 2012
Saturdays through August 29, rain or shine, meeting at the north end of Oval Beach parking lot. An introduction to the natural and cultural history of this magnificent duneland, recently purchased by the City of Saugatuck. The talk is free, but Oval Beach parking costs $6 between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
This magnificent dune ecosystem includes an amazing diversity of habitats and resources: 3,650 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, populations of at least 6 rare plant and animal species including the prairie warbler (state endangered status) and Blanchard’s cricket frog (state threatened), open dunes, interdunal wetlands, natural jack pine forest, hardwood-pine dune forest, Great Lakes marsh, 4,452 feet on an oxbow lake, the south pier of the Kalamazoo River mouth, 1,650 feet of Kalamazoo River shoreline, and a historic site known as “Fishtown”.
The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area is open to the public for non-motorized recreation such as hiking, birdwatching, fishing, nature study, and photography.
Keep it wild, Keep it Whole, Make it Grow