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Seney National Wildlife Refuge Showcases Invasive Plants at Local Art Festival

Region 3, August 31, 2013
Window planter box representing wooded sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats.
Window planter box representing wooded sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats. - Photo Credit: n/a
Window planter box representing wetland sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats.
Window planter box representing wetland sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats. - Photo Credit: n/a
Window planter box representing open disturbed sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats.
Window planter box representing open disturbed sites and displaying local invasive plant species that might be found in similar habitats. - Photo Credit: n/a

Every Labor Day weekend staff members from Seney National Wildlife Refuge join artists, vendors, and musicians on the lawn of the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis, Michigan for an afternoon of sharing wares, skills and information. Each year we try to match our exhibit to the festivals silent auction item theme.

This year’s theme was window planter boxes, so naturally we focused on plants. We created window planter boxes representing three different habitats. Each window planter box displayed and identified examples of local non-native plants that may invade those habitats. Basic information regarding invasive plant management on the refuge supplemented the planter displays along with handouts and outreach materials from a local cooperative weed management area. The exhibit was created with the help of Rich Wilson - Maintenance Mechanic, Ronnie Allen - Visitor Services Intern and funds from the Seney Natural History Association.

Contact Info: jennifer wycoff-mcdonough, 906-586-9851 x 16, jennifer_mcdonough@fws.gov