Chesterton Tribune



Volunteer April 8 to tend habitat at Westchester Bird Sanctuary

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The Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 1050 S. 11th St. in Chesterton, will hold a Bird Festival and Habitat Improvement Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 8. The event is being sponsored by the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, District Forester James Pothoff will be on hand, and local plant experts will lead a training session in the identification and removal of invasive plants.

Arrive to register between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Tools will be available but everyone should bring his or her own heavy work gloves.

Among other things, Izaak Walton League will hold a demonstration in clean-water analysis techniques. Annette Hansen and the Discovery Trackers 4-H Club will be presenting an extensive program on pollinators.

Barb Lucas, a noted bird photographer, will also be discussing the species of birds likely to visit the Sanctuary and the things which can be done to attract them. Chesterton Feed and Garden, for its part, will provide extra tools and seed to make seed balls in the butterfly garden area, and will have a selection of bird houses for purchase. Blue Bird house kits and other crafts will be available for families to assemble with assistance from Izaak Walton League members.

All activities are free to the public. Valís will be catering lunch items for people working that day removing invasives, and the Discovery Trackers 4-H Club and Liberty Hot Shots 4-H Club will be selling drinks throughout the day.

For more information, email or call (219) 201-5498.



Posted 4/4/2017




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