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Glacier Pools Preserve Nature Walk, April 2

Join the Merrill Linn Conservancy on Saturday, April 2 at 11 am for a guided nature walk at Glacier Pools Preserve, located at 757 Pine Tree Rd, Hughesville, PA 17737.

Bucknell Professor Mizuki Takahashi and easement owner Michael Gross will lead the walk to Glacier Pools’ vernal pools, a type of wetland habitat where some of Pennsylvania’s most interesting amphibians can be found.

Nature walk participants will learn about the vernal pool amphibians that make the site so unique, as well as the geology and glacial history that have created this special habitat. Attendees should also have an opportunity to observe eggs laid by amphibians in the pools.

Wear waterproof footwear and bring water and snacks if needed. Questions? Call 570-524-8666 or email [email protected].

 

Celebrate BCWA’s 20th April 9 at Rusty Rail

The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance (BCWA), a division of Merrill Linn Conservancy, is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Rusty Rail in Mifflinburg on Saturday, April 9 from 12 to 5 pm.

Rusty Rail is marking the occasion with a new beer for a BCWA can release. The can design will include the BCWA logo and a picture of Buffalo Creek. BCWA has reserved the mill shed—at the west end of the Rusty Rail parking area—from 12 pm to 2 pm for a BCWA meeting and a presentation by Ben Hayes, Director of the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program at Bucknell.

The April 9 event, which will include tours of the brewery and a live band, will support both BCWA and Freedom Fighters Outdoors, an organization that engages disabled veterans in outdoor activities. The watershed association is looking for locations along Buffalo Creek that would be appropriate for Freedom Fighters Outdoors activities.

The watershed group will promote its Streambank Buffer Stewardship Program during the event, according to BCWA’s Gerald Heckler who is heading up the stewardship program. BCWA is seeking volunteers for the program.

 

Guided Walk at Montandon Wetland, April 16

Bucknell professor Claire Campbell and Jeff Top will co-lead a guided walk examining human and environmental history of Montandon Wetland Complex and adjacent canal on Saturday April 16, time TBD. The event is co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Humanities Center and the Conservancy.

 

Wednesday, May 4: Conservancy Annual Dinner

After a two-year hiatus, Merrill Linn Conservancy has reserved Shade Mountain Winery for Wednesday, May 4, marking the return of our annual dinner. Shade Mountain has requested that we limit attendance to 60 guests and the hours to 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

As in past years, social time, featuring Shade Mountain wines and hors d’oeuvres, will begin at 5:30 pm with formal festivities kicking off at 6:15 and dinner at 6:45. Some details of the event are still in the planning stage, but we will keep our members and friends posted as we move forward.

Shade Mountain Vineyard/Winery is located 6 miles south of Mifflinburg on Route 104 between Penns Creek and Middleburg. The street address is 16140 PA Route 104, Middleburg, PA.

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