Lost Lake Nature Park Workday this Saturday, 9 am – noon!

Where: Lost Lake Nature Park. Meet in the parking lot near the sledding hill.

When: Saturday, June 28 from 9 am – noon. In the event of thunderstorms, the event will be cancelled.

Who: Anyone! This event is free, with no experience necessary. You’ll work with our staff to learn to recognize and properly treat non-native, invasive plant species.

Why: Why not? Remove non-native invasive species, enjoy beautiful areas, and hang out with great people! And food after we finish working!

What: Bring water, gloves, closed-toed shoes, and long pants. We’ll have extra water and gloves if you can’t bring your own.

If you’re anxious to get outside this weekend, join us on Saturday morning to spend time with great people while working for a great cause! With high quality oak woodlands, quiet lakes, and unique glacial features, Lost Lake Nature Park is a very special place in Oakland Township, and we want to make sure its natural areas stay in great shape.

When you arrive, park near the sledding hill so that everyone has lots of space to park. After a short nature hike to see what’s flowering and learn a few plants, we’ll be working to control invasive shrubs, including buckthorn and autumn olive. Around noon we’ll get out the grill and share some food! We’ll bring some of the basic food, so you can just enjoy what we bring if you’d like, or bring food to share. We will have lots of fun, so plan to come and share this opportunity with others! The schedule of upcoming workdays can be found at the Volunteer Calendar.

Join us for a volunteer workday to help protect natural areas in our parks!

Join us for a volunteer workday to help protect natural areas in our parks!

Polyphemus Moth at Lost Lake Nature Park

While pulling seedlings of woody invasive plants at Lost Lake Nature Park, the stewardship crew found a polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus)! As you can see from the picture, these are big moths! In fact, with a wingspan up to 5 1/2 inches, polyphemus moths are one of the the largest moths in North America. The caterpillars feed on vegetation, but the adult moths do not eat. In their short adult phase, male moths use pheremones to locate a female moth. After they find each other, moths reproduce and die. This moth is missing a few pieces of its wings. What a cool find!

The stewardship crew found a Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) yesterday. Note Jonah's hand for scale. Photo by Alex Kriebel.

The stewardship crew found a Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus) yesterday. Note Jonah’s hand for scale. Photo by Alex Kriebel.

***EDITED: Thanks to Mary Speyer for identifying the moth as a Polyphemus Moth, not a Cecropia Moth as I originally said.