The second annual Walk on the Wild Side at Magee Marsh will be at 9:30 a.m. May 12. Proceeds from the walk will support our Weeds to Wildflowers project.
The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, purchased by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in August 1951, lies in some of Ohio’s finest remaining wetlands. The marsh complex has historically been inhabited by large numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and songbirds. The primary responsibility at Magee Marsh is the development and maintenance of high quality wetland habitat for a diverse array of wetland wildlife species.
Managing invasive plant species is a constant battle in the Magee Marsh wildlife area. For the past six years, volunteers have been working to reduce garlic mustard along a boardwalk. This noxious weed has taken over the area, choking out just about everything else.
The work has really made a difference, and last year volunteers planted more than 900 native plants, like wild columbine and wild geranium, along the boardwalk. Not only will these plants be beautiful, they will also benefit birds and other wildlife. This year many ash trees had to be cut because of Emerald Ash Borer.
There are a number of ways you can help achieve the fundraising goal of $2,500:
• Walk on May 12
• Enlist your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to sponsor your effort to help the marsh
• Join an existing team of walkers or form your own team
• Participate as a virtual walker if you can’t join us, but want to support Weeds to Wildflowers
• Help make our Walk on the Wild Side a success by donating your time as a volunteer
Visit http://walk.birdday.org/mageemarsh to sign up today.