Migratory birds passing through the Lakeshore area will have new trees on which to rest thanks in part to the efforts of faculty and students at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.
On Sept. 17, eight students in Dr. Michaeleen Golay’s General Ecology course and 26 students in Dr. Erik Hoyer’s Liberal Arts Seminar course worked together to plant native vegetation — namely, chokecherry, chokeberry and serviceberry — on a western portion of Zander Park, across the street from property owned by Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve.
The effort was part of the ongoing Restore the Shore project, which is designed to benefit migratory birds.
Working in conjunction with Jim Knickelbine, Woodland Dunes executive director, and Jennifer Powell, Woodland Dunes land management coordinator, the General Ecology students first removed exotic invasive species, including buckthorn, barberry and honeysuckle, clearing the path for the planting of native vegetation when the Liberal Arts Seminar students arrived.
“We appreciate all of their help, and it’s fitting that the ecology class was able to come and help with habitat restoration,” Knickelbine said. “Everyone’s doing a really good job, and we’re very thankful.”
Golay, a member of the Woodland Dunes board of directors, said the experience was mutually beneficial, noting, “It’s a good opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience with ecology.”
She added that her General Ecology students also worked on leadership skills by serving as small-group leaders for the Liberal Arts Seminar students. And those LAS students received first-hand experience at taking part in a service project that benefits the Lakeshore area.
General Ecology students who participated in the project included Misty Bowe, Alex Grove, Thao King, Megan Mendolla, Rose Neumeyer, Tyler Wells, Raelyn Woock and Jordan Zahn.
Liberal Arts Seminar students included Cesar Amezquita, Casey Bingmon, Darrion Coleman, Anthony Cotton, Ceasar Crayton, Stanley Durbin, Eugenia Ellis, Kevonna Hendon, Ser Nay Htoo, Danielle Hunt, Shamir Jackson, Ataah Jones, Monica Manly, Kendall McDonald, Morgan McKissick, Zachary Miklautsch, Mya Miller, Ni Ni, Megan Outlaw, Joshua Paltz, Jordan Portee, Kalleon Riley, Eric Roby, Marisia Tillman, Jacobi Webb-Davis and Gorgeous Wilson.