The spirit of community service was alive and well on Saturday at Deer Flat National Refuge in Canyon County. More than 200 volunteers worked on service projects to help celebrate Earth Day and improve sections of the Lake Lowell habitat.
Volunteers collected 35 bags of litter to protect wildlife from eating or being trapped in litter and to improve the cleanliness of the refuge for visitors. They also removed 100 poison hemlock and thousands of white bryony plants. The noxious weeds can harm native plants that wildlife depend on for food and cover. Another crew improved the wildlife-friendly landscaping around the Visitor Center. The final crew installed a trail to connect the existing Nature Trail to the pollinator garden near the Visitor Center.
Earth Day Work Day was a kick-off activity for the first day of Unplug and Be Outside Week through April 26.
Find more activities online: http://unplugandbeoutside.com.
Other Unplug and Be Outside Week activities at the Refuge
On Monday, April 21 from 4 to 5 p.m., kids can join in the discussion of what makes a bird a bird and then use that information to identify birds on a trail hike.
On Wednesday, April 23, from 4 to 5 p.m., kids can come experience what it is like to be a bird through experiments with different “beaks” and create their own bird beak and feet.
On Friday, April 25 from 4 to 5 p.m., kids can learn about bird migration by playing a migration game.