Monthly Archives: April 2011

Explore Your Watershed 2011

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; roxannaj@cityofithaca.org. 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.