Blue Heron Ministries

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Duff Lake Fen Walk – Friday, August 18th at 10AM

There have been lots of changes at LaGrange County Parks’ Duff Lake Fen, over the last few years. This area was previously grazed by cattle and has undergone various steps to restore its natural features.

John Brittenham will lead us through the fen, as we learn about the restoration process and see what’s in bloom.
We’ll meet in the parking lot of Pine Knob Park (2825 E SR 120 Howe, IN 46746) at 10AM.

September Prairie Seed Harvest – September 16th from 10AM-4PM

We’re going to head into the prairie a little earlier this year for the fall harvest. We’ll be after some species that we normally don’t have the opportunity to gather in October.

We’ll meet at the Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes (2955 W. Orland Rd) at 10AM and carpool to the site(s). We have all the tools and buckets, just bring your lunch.

October Prairie Seed Harvest – October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 10AM-4PM

Every Saturday in October, we travel to different areas of Steuben and LaGrange counties to collect native prairie plant seeds.

Come, gather with Blue Heron Ministries friends for the opportunity to fellowship, visit unique natural communities, learn about native plants, and enjoy the autumn harvest. The whole family is welcome! Children often find this to be a fun experience.
We’ll meet at the Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes (2955 W. Orland Rd) at 10AM and carpool to the site(s). We have all the tools and buckets, just bring your lunch.

 

Fall 2017 Field Steward Internship

Blue Heron Ministries hopes to fill one field steward internship position for the remainder of the 2017 field season. We are a nonprofit Christian land conservation organization based in Angola, Indiana.

We work with other nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and private land owners around northeast Indiana and southern Michigan. Blue Heron Ministries is an opportunity for folks to apply the hands-on craft of ecological restoration to steward our Lord’s creation within the context of intentional community. A description of this internship is as follows:
Intensive and arduous labor.

Term will be September 5 thru December 15 (flexible). If the internship is a fit both ways and if projected workload is adequate, the internship may evolve into a full time field position in 2018.

* 35-40 hours a week.
* $11/hr.
* Invasive species control predominantly in wetlands in Steuben
and LaGrange and surrounding counties (Indiana and Michigan). * Some travel for distant projects (up to 3 hours) will also be likely.
Control of herbaceous and woody invasives (i.e. reed canary
grass, common reed, autumn olive, bush honeysuckle, etc.) will
involve herbicide applications.
* The intern will participate in Blue Heron Ministries’ prescribed
fire team (late summer and fall).
* Prairie and wetland seed collection and installation projects are
a minor component of our work, as well.
* Work conditions will be cold or hot, wet, and poisonous (sumac
and Massasaugas)…but where else can you enjoy the presence
of God while caring for His creation in such a tangible way?
* Intern must have a positive attitude, the willingness to learn and
take direction, the ability to work independently and with a crew,
and possess an attention to detail. No experience necessary.
* Intern will obtain an Indiana pesticide applicator’s license during
the internship.
* Interns will gain knowledge on a number of topics including but
not limited to:
– Plant identification and monitoring
– Land management practices within prairie and oak
ecosystems
– The lawful, ethical, and safe use of herbicides
– Wildlife surveys and monitoring
– Opportunities to network with other conservation
organizations

Send resumes to stuartbheron1@hotmail.com Attn: Nate Simons by August 21, 2017. Applicants will be called for interviews later that following week.

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