Explore Your Watershed: The Natural History of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area A series of walks and talks Spring & Summer 2011
Invasive Plants. Saturday, April 16. 10 am – noon. An introduction to the natural history of invasive plants. Learn about mugwort, honeysuckle, garlic mustard, knotweed, Norway maple and swallow-wort, all found in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area. Led by plant ecologist Tom Whitlow. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.
Six Mile Creek Geology and Stream Geomorphology.April 30. 10 am – noon. Learn all about the forces that have shaped the course of Six Mile Creek in both ancient and modern times. Led by geologist Dan Karig. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.
Birdwatching at Six Mile Creek. Saturday, May 21. 7 – 9 am. Led by Meena Haribal. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. Bring binoculars!
Ithaca’s Water Supply: Past, Present and Future. June 4. 10 am – 1 pm. An informative walk along the woodland trails that parallel Six Mile Creek, the source of Ithaca’s drinking water, led by Watershed Coordinator Roxy Johnson. Participation limited to 20. Call or e-mail Roxy to register: 607-273-4680; email@example.com. Meet at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve parking lot to carpool to the starting point at Commonland.
BIG TREES! July 9. 9:30 am. Some of the largest local specimens of red and white oak, tulip poplar, and hemlock can be found in the city’s Natural Area surrounding Six Mile Creek. Come see these large and interesting trees in the forest on the south side of the creek. Be prepared for some steep trails, just over two miles, lasting about two hours. Meet at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve on Giles St. Saturday, July 9 at 9:30 am. Led by Joe McMahon.
New Roots School Helps Out in the Wildflower Preserve
New Roots Charter School students after their 4th weekly visit to the Wildflower Preserve. The group has been working to maintain trails and pull invasive species this spring. The Friends of Six Mile Creek and City of Ithaca Natural Areas Commission thank these eager volunteers for their hard work and good spirit!
Friends of Six Mile Creek is happy to announce that the second annual Wildflower Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007 (10am-3pm). Tours of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area by local experts will be given every half hour on the half hour. There will also be many more activities for kids and adults including wildflower (and invasive species) identification activities.
Below we have an excerpt from last year’s wildflower check-off list. Identification “stations” throughout the Natural Area help plant identification novices to find these biologically and culturally important plants.
More than 50 people participated in walks and scavenger hunts at Wildflower Appreciation Day, including Ithaca’s Director of Planning and Development Thys VanCort and Common Council member Mary Tomlan. Friends of Six Mile Creek and the City of Ithaca Natural Areas Commission sponsored the events highlighting the human and natural history of the area and pointing out the threats posed to wildflowers from invasive species.
Ithacans love their native species. Six Mile Creek Natural Area proudly dislayed its native wildflowers to participants in Saturday’s Wildflower Appreciation Day organized by Friends of Six Mile Creek and the City of Ithaca Natural Areas Commission. The gorgeous, sunny day featured guided walks by local experts, homemade garlic mustard pesto, a plant scavenger hunt and, to the delight of local kids, a garlic mustard pulling contest. Sophie and Diego Payne Inigo, after hours in the Natural Area scouting invasives, came out holding one of the prize winning garlic mustard plants like a trophy fish. Their prize winning root measured 11 inches. A huge thank you to Anna Stalter, member of the Natural Areas Commission and tireless volunteer and Jess Langan-Peck, our intern for their creativity in designing activities and hard work organizing the event.
More Than 25 Volunteers Help Maintain Trails and Pull Garlic Mustard
Despite cold weather and a constant drizzle more than 25 hardy volunteers from Phi Kappa Tau and Delta Chi fraternities attended the most recent Friends of Six Mile Creek work day. Delta Chi volunteers joined the us thanks to the generous help of On Site Volunteer Services. Volunteers helped with trail improvement and pulled more than a dozen garbage bags of garlic mustard from a particularly ecologically sensitive area of Six Mile.