Frogs in Grace Cole Nature Park - work party May 26

Monday, May 21, 2012

Boardwalk in Grace Cole Nature Park
Photo by Lauren BroBy Mamie Bolender

By Mamie Bolander

A frog was sighted (twice) at Grace Cole Nature Park! As I strolled and peered at the emergent plants' stems, searching for salamander eggs, something moved near my feet, then leaped into one of the habitat ponds last Thursday and, and again on Saturday at the same spot.

If you haven't seen the work which Adopt-a-Stream has done in the wet region around the ponds, around the Salal patches and in the forest, please drop by and take a look.  They removed untold numbers of Himilayan blackberries and planted trees, shrubs and Willow and Red Osier Dogwood stakes.  

This was in collaboration with the series of classes on Stream Ecology they conducted here in Lake Forest Park.  The goal is to crown out the blackberries, limit the spread of Salal (Hardhack) and provide some shade for the ponds.

Our next work party will be Saturday, May 26, 9 to noon, at GC Nature Park.  There will be things to plant, and weeds to dig, and more.  Tools, gloves, and snacks provided.

The June work party will be on Saturday, June 30.

Students are encouraged to come to all work parties to fulfill Community Service obligations.

To find Grace Cole Nature Park, turn south off NE 178th St. onto 28th Ave. NE.  At about 6/8th of a mile you'll see the park on your right.


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