- Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22 this year, but the commitment to the
environment goes on all year long. There is a terrific opportunity to show
that commitment the day after Earth Day at the Detroit River International
Wildlife Refuge. Congressman John D. Dingell (MI-15) is inviting visitors to
the Refuge to enjoy a Spring Wildflower Tour of the Humbug Marsh Unit on Saturday, April 23, 2005.
"Only at Humbug Marsh can visitors see Trout Lily, Marsh
Marigold, Dutchman's Breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trillium, May Apple,
and more," Dingell said. "Tour guides will lead nature aficionados
right to these amazing scenes. I believe this will be a great way to learn
about the Refuge, a destination that will become one of Michigan's
greatest attractions in the years to come."
"The old growth, oak-hickory forest in our Humbug Marsh Unit
has five foot diameter oaks that are over 200 years old," notes John
Hartig, Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
"This is the first opportunity for the public to see the tapestry of
spring wildflowers in this amazing resource that exists right in our
Wildflower experts from across Michigan will lead groups from the
DRIWR Center (on the east side of Jefferson Ave. immediately south of Solutia
in Trenton) every hour beginning at 9am, with the last tour leaving at 2pm.
Parking will be available at DRIWR Center and all walking tours will leave
there and enter the Humbug Marsh Unit immediately to the south to discover
for the first time the spring wildflowers in North America's only
International Wildlife Refuge. Interested nature lovers can call (734)
676-6657 for more information. All wildflower experts and volunteers will be
recording the names and locations of unique wildflowers to be able to produce
a "Synoptic Survey of Spring Wildflowers of the Humbug Marsh
Unit." This survey will help lay the foundation for trail design in
Humbug and environmental education programs for children and families in the
future. All are invited to be part of this unique opportunity to catalogue
the spring wildflowers of Humbug.
The Spring Wildflower Tours are sponsored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Michigan Botanical Club, the Wildflower Association of Michigan,
the Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy, Friends of the Detroit
River and the Wild Ones.