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Get Ready for Spring in the Parks with Ann Arbor NAP

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February 4, 2019 - ​City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor's parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers. Volunteer opportunities coming up in March are listed below. For more information about NAP, visit www.a2gov.org/NAP.​

Salamander Survey Kick Off a​​nd Training

Saturday, March 9, Noon–2 p.m.

Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor's parks — there are five species here! Volunteers will select parks to survey and learn how to identify these rarely seen amphibians. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring, and look under logs in spring and summer. Please register by March 6. For more information or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send an email to NAP@a2gov.org.

Frog and Toad Survey Ki​​ck Off and Training

Saturday, March 9, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! No experience is required. You will learn to identify frogs by ear and eye, and you will select a route to survey. Then, once per month March through June, travel a route through the city at night, stopping to listen for frogs along the way. Most routes require driving. Please register by March 6. For more information or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send an email to NAP@a2gov.org.​

Stewards' C​ircle

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30–8:30 a.m.

Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave.

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org. This month's topic: Personal Safety in the Field. Are you concerned about doing field work alone? What should you do if you see suspicious activity? What can you do to protect yourself? Join us and Ann Arbor Police to discuss keeping yourself safe while out in the field.​

Photo Monitoring Kick Off and Training

Saturday, March 23, 10–11 a.m.

NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive

Do you like photography and spending time outdoors? Photo monitoring may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! NAP needs volunteers to take photos at specific locations in parks throughout the year to record ecological changes and the progress of our restoration work. Join us at this informational meeting for details about this volunteer opportunity! For more information or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send an email to NAP@a2gov.org.​

Workday Leader Traini​​​ng

Saturday, March 23, Noon–3:30 p.m.

NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive

This is for volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. The training will focus on procedures, ecological consideration and tips and tricks to lead a successful event. An interest and background in ecology (and plant identification) is strongly desired, but not required. A strong commitment to preserving the environment while fostering community and engaging the public is necessary. Participants should be dressed for classroom and possible field training. Participants must be 18 years old at minimum. Please register by March 21. For more information or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send an email to NAP@a2gov.org.

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Contact Information

Natural Area Preservation
734.794.6627
NAP@a2gov.org


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