Blackbrook Audubon Celebrates the Mentor Marsh Restoration on November 21

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Blackbrook Audubon invites everyone to a free program on the efforts underway to restore the Mentor Marsh ecosystem. David Kriska will present Mentor Marsh: History, Tragedy, Recovery at the Holden Arboretum Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

In the 1960’s salt mine tailings leached into Blackbrook Creek causing the loss of Mentor Marsh’s swamp forest and diversity of marsh plants. A non-native, 15-foot tall reed grass was able to invade the marsh and shade out native plants. The grass, known as Phragmites, was so dense it fueled several fires over the years, threatening the Headlands neighborhood surrounding it. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History manages the Mentor Marsh and began a large-scale restoration program in 2012. Aerial spraying and ground-based treatments of the Phragmites as well as smashing it have allowed native plants to sprout from the seed bank.

Kriska, the Biodiversity Coordinator for the Museum, will share with us how Nature’s resilience is demonstrated by the return of spawning fish and nesting birds in the marsh. This unique wetland is once again a nursery for wildlife. Blackbrook’s meeting will also feature a ticket raffle of nature-themed items as a fundraiser for Audubon Adventures, a publication for third, fourth and fifth graders in Geauga and Lake Counties.

The Holden Arboretum is at 9550 Sperry Road in Kirtland. Blackbrook Audubon Society covers Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties. For more information, visit Blackbrook Audubon Society. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook.

Blackbrook Audubon Birds Geauga County Lakes

Blackbrook Audubon will retreat from the windy Lake Erie shoreline to scan inland lakes for migrating ducks, loons and grebes. Everyone is invited to meet at the Rt. 608 parking lot of Geauga Park District’s Headwaters Park 9:00 a.m. Sunday, November 19th. From there, participants will carpool or caravan to LaDue Reservoir and perhaps chase any local reports of interesting migrants. Headwaters Park address is 13365 Old State Rd., Huntsburg.

For more information, contact Pat Morse at 440-256-1404, ext. 2101.

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