Thursday, July 15, 2010

update - invader/invaded

Come to the Townie Street Party and make your mark on this piece. I'm inviting everyone to come and mark the piece with where you live, where you've seen the results of invasive plants and animals in the county - wild hogs rooting in your garden? Ash borer killing your trees? Bring notes about your experience or pictures of your garden and we'll add the to the piece as well. This is a community based project and most of the images in it come from community members. We're hoping to spark dialogue about what are invasives, how long they've been an issue (hint - hundreds of years!) and what are some of the ways communities are handling the challenges presented by invasives.

When: Monday July 19th from 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Where: Ingalls Mall between Burton Tower and the League - I'll be in the Art Zone Tent

Working on this project has led me to some interesting sites - here are a few:
Michigan DNR - Habitat threats
Huron River Watershed Council
Ecology Center
Legacy Land Trust

Saturday, July 10, 2010

more on invader/invasive

I'm looking for your help. For this project I'm putting together images, maps and words about how people have changed the environment here in Washtenaw County. Is your backyard full of garlic mustard? Place you like to paddle on the Huron now devoid of beneficial mussels? Banks full of purple loosestrife? I'm looking for your images and your words and I need them soon.
I'm also looking for mapping of invasive plants and animals in the county - if you have maps that you're willing to let me use please contact me!

This project will be assembled the night of the Townie Street Party - Monday July 19th at Ingalls Mall.

You can email me your images and words - to

You can also bring them to the Townie Street Party from 5:00pm - 9:30pm

And please help me spread the word - time is running short and I'm looking for more material!