Department of Natural Resources
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If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact the Natural Resource Steward in your area for details:
Help us determine whether we have rare insects in some of our highest quality ecosystems. No prior insect identification experience is necessary. All information and equipment will be provided.
Are you an avid birder? Do you know how to identify grassland birds or rare bird species? If so, we need your help to gather baseline bird data or monitor known populations of rare birds in select areas of certain parks.
Help keep a watchful eye on our wonderful forest resources! Learn to identify the early stages of forest diseases and pests like oak wilt, beech bark disease and Asian long-horned beetle so that we can detect and treat cases early on. Plus, you'll get to help while enjoying a hike outdoors at several sites in our picturesque Michigan state parks and recreation areas!
Want to help us combat purple loosestrife? We'd love to have you collect Galerucella beetles, purple loosestrife's natural enemy, and redistribute them to wetlands within the state parks and recreation areas we are focusing on.
From the middle of May to the middle of June, and possibly in September, we will be planting native plants at a handful of parks. Some of this will be done at workdays, but we could really use your help beyond the 3-hour workday and during the week!
Do you like to take walks outside? Do you know how to identify invasive plant species? Would you like to learn? If you answered yes, we'd love your help mapping patches of invasive plants. This data will be incredibly helpful as we plan where to focus our restoration efforts. Map reading skills will be helpful, but no experience is necessary.
Help pull herbaceous weeds like garlic mustard, sweet clover and others when it fits into your schedule. These non-native plants out compete native plants and can reduce complex ecosystems to very simple ones with low biological diversity. Pulling these plants is not too strenuous, almost like weeding a garden.
We are in need of volunteers to hand collect native prairie seed at several state parks and recreation areas throughout the month of October and in early November.