When nine adults and six kids came to the habitat restoration event this April, they left the Lakeside Nature Center transformed, with 185 new trees in the ground:
- 10 redbud
- 50 deciduous holly
- 50 wild plum
- 25 smooth sumac
- 50 witch hazel
It looks like a lot of work, but we suspect they were having some fun as well. Lookit those smiles!
Good luck to all those baby trees. May you have healthy, productive lives. And a huge thank-you to the volunteers who came out and Larry O’Donnell of the Little Blue River Watershed Coalition for hosting this 25th Anniversary event!
Go read about the efforts of our 25+ events on the Events Page.
Saturday, April 5, was a record-breaker for Project Blue River Rescue. The project’s director, Vicki Richmond, says they gained new high numbers for nearly every measure!
- 1,200 volunteers
- 34 work sites (with 14 brand-new leaders at work sites!)
- 4,000 trash bags (about 60 tons of trash)
- 822 tires
- 300 riparian forest trees and shrubs planted in a teasel-infested marsh behind Lakeside Nature Center
- 3 acres of invasive, non-native honeysuckle removed and treated with herbicide
By all accounts, Vicki says, it was a great day. New leaders rocked their socks off, lunch operations were smooth and as litter-free as possible, and the project took on a new site, where a concerned landowner simply asked if PBRR could help. Could they ever: “That one site gave up 100 tires by ten in the morning,” Vicki says. She estimates it will take PBRR at least three years to fully scour that location, which they’re calling “Sorenson’s Creek.”
Here’s just a sample of the variety of landscapes and trash along the Blue River this year:
MCC-Longview Student Government President and unofficial site co-leader Colton Hilbrenner with a few of the nearly 100 student volunteers cleaning up the old Honeywell site along Blue River Road. The most surprising find: a 60-foot long wall of discarded glass bottles, many over 50 years old, in a hidden ravine. We got out all the unbroken bottles and many of the broken ones, but we’ll need to come back with a fresh stash of mesh bags to attack the mounds of remaining broken glass.
Look closely, those ain’t geese. Lots of fantastic volunteers spread out across the banks.
Bayer Crop Science is a major sponsor of PBRR.
Mickey Mouse reunited with his bear friend. You just never know what you’ll find out there.
Boy Scout Pack & Troop 88, doing their part for the great outdoors!
Looks like a pretty dynamic duo right there!
Photos keep rolling in from volunteers and leaders, so check back on PBRR’s Facebook page for more! You can also read about the day on KCTV Channel 5.
Mark your calendars: Next year–PBRR’s 25th Anniversary–the cleanup will take place on March 28, 2015.
Learn more: How Project Blue River Rescue has put on massive cleanups for nearly half a century.
The 24th Annual Project Blue River Rescue cleanup was part of “25 Days of Stream Team,” a series of events celebrating our 25th year of citizens caring for Missouri streams. Join the fun and learn how to earn prizes with the Passport Program!
Photo by Flickr user Putneypics
Activities: Plant native bushes and trees to feed wildlife
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Kansas City, MO
What to expect: Little Blue River Watershed Coalition (ST 2428) and Friends of Lakeside Nature Center (ST 175) will be planting native food source bushes and trees, such as deciduous holly, wild plum, and Ozark witch hazel. These food-bearing species will replace invasive Asian bush honeysuckle that has been removed along the trail at the Nature Center. Join us as we discuss why bush honeysuckle is disruptive to the watershed and help us plant native replacements as a wildlife food source.
The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Lakeside Nature Center is ‘Wildlife in Swope Park’.
What to bring: Come prepared for working outside in dirty, possibly muddy, places. Dress for the weather. Otherwise, shovels and other equipment will all be provided!
For more information: Call Larry O’Donnell at (816) 679-7772 or visit lakesidenaturecenter.org.
From I-435 take Gregory Blvd. exit and travel about 1.5 miles west. From 71 Hwy. take Gregory Blvd. exit and travel about 1.0 mile east. Ample parking is available, but carpoolers are appreciated!