In Honor of Earth Day, Help Plant a Wetland Area
Join the Trinity River Corridor Project and the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s affiliate, for a special event in celebration of Earth Day. The event will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers will team with specialists to learn how to plant a wetland cell within the Lower Chain of Wetlands. This planting will enhance the recently completed construction of the Lower Chain of Wetlands in Dallas.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center operates the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF) in Lewisville, TX. It is an experimental pond facility developed by the Corps of Engineers' Aquatic Plant Control Research Program in support of studies on biology, ecology, and management of aquatic plants. Testing and controlled pond adaptations are filled and drained independently for control of different hydrologic requirements. These environments provide small-scale studies on the effects of water flow as well as aquatic and wetland ecosystem processes.
Volunteers will help create a fresh emergent wetlands environment by planting a variety of floating-leaved and submersed aquatic plants during the event. Dallas’ Lower Chain of Wetlands Cell E-West is in close proximity to the Trinity River. Access to the area is at Overton Road, Exist 281 off I-45 South, with the entrance to the wetland area directly off the Interstate. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, a sack lunch, insect repellant, sunscreen, gloves, towel, waders, rubber boots – they will get wet and muddy working this rewarding and extreme Trinity “green” project.
Kids' Haven at the Trinity River Audubon Center
Getting children to think about ecosystems, biology, or field sciences is basically an impossible task. However, let them run and play at the Trinity River Audubon Center and suddenly learning some of the principles of biology and math becomes just part of the game. It becomes fun!
Audubon Centers throughout the nation are leading the way with educational offerings such as Citizen Science. It is a way to connect with the natural world through important and well designed activities that generate vital information for the conservation of birds. This program pairs citizens with scientists or science-based activities. The partnership benefits everyone, and in particular, the beautiful fine feathered friends.
During the first week of March alone, over 500 children from area schools have already experienced the wonders of the Trinity River Audubon Center. With the migration of birds back to Texas from wintering in other parts of the world, such as the rainforests of South America, it is a perfect time for school classes to encounter the programs and natural beauty at the center.
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