2013-05-23 / Lifestyles

‘Wildflower walk’ set in Hiawatha forest

Guided walks explore Munising forest area

MUNISING – The Hiawatha National Forest West Zone is hosting a guided spring wildflower walk on May 23 and 25. The United States Department of Agriculture set May 19 - 25 as National Celebrating Wildflower week.

“Celebrating Wildflowers” highlights the importance of conservation and management of native plants and their habitats.

An early evening walk this year will be held on May 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Led by Deb Le Blanc, plant ecologist, the walk will highlight more than 30 spring ephemerals and the sounds of amphibians from peepers to the American toad.

On May 25, an afternoon spring wildflower walk will take place from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Each event we will meet at the Hiawatha National Forest and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Center parking lot, located at 400 East Munising Ave. in Munising. Participants will car pool approximately six miles east of Munising. Participants are encouraged to meet prior to departure time for a brief tour of the native plant pollinator viewing garden at the visitor’s center.

Cameras may be used and a head net and/or insect repellent is encouraged.

For further information, call (906) 387-2512, ext. 20. The Celebrating Wildflowers website, www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index. shtml, provides information on species-specific facts and wildflower viewing areas.

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