Audubon’s Adopt-a-Cleanup Morning at Miller’s Bay

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     Winnebago Audubon invites you to join us at the Miller’s Bay shoreland restoration site near Ames Point which is part of Menominee Park and located on the north end of Miller’s Bay in Oshkosh. We will be helping the Friends of Menominee Park Shoreland do maintenance work at the site from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. You are welcome to help for any amount of time that you have.

     We will be removing woody growth, weeding, and picking up litter. Wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Bring gloves if you have them. We do have spare gloves of all sizes, so you can just bring yourself! Many hands make the work go faster plus the more people the more fun. If you are not familiar with the site it will be a great opportunity to see it and learn about it from Michelle Bogden Muetzel, chairwoman of the Friends of Menominee Park Shoreland.

     Friends of Menominee Park Shoreland is a group of Oshkosh volunteers working in collaboration with the City of Oshkosh to maintain native plant sites, protecting and restoring the shoreline of Lake Winnebago. The group operates completely on volunteer power and donations.

     The group was formed by Oshkosh community members in 2011 after the 2010 City of Oshkosh Aquatic Management Plan found the Miller’s Bay shore of Lake Winnebago to be “incredibly poor and provides no aesthetic, habitat, or buffering value to the bay. Turf maintenance along the bay’s shoreline leads to increased runoff of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants to Lake Winnebago, while providing appealing loafing grounds to nuisance levels of Canada geese.”

     Since the first planting along Miller’s Bay in September 2011, Friends of Menominee Park Shoreland has added a restoration site behind the pump house in Menominee Park, as well as a small prairie behind an Oshkosh Housing Authority apartment complex on Nicolet Avenue. Several local groups come out every season to learn and help our shoreland thrive.

     The continuation of these projects was unanimously supported in November 2017 by the Parks Advisory Board to continue through the year 2020.

     Here is the schedule for other work parties this season. If you are part of an organization that would like to Adopt-a-Cleanup Day, contact Michelle at michelle.bogden@gmail.com for more information.  Dates and times are subject to change because of weather or conflicts. Anyone may join us any date, for as long they like. Like Friends of Menominee Shoreland on Facebook.

June 29          Ames Pt. Site            9:00-11:00 am

July 3              Pump House Site     3:30-5:30 pm

July 20           Ames Pt. Site            9:00-11:00 am

July 31           Pump House Site     3:30-5:30 pm

Aug 24           Ames Pt. Site            9:00-11:00 am

Sept 14          Ames Pt. & Pump House Site     9:00-11:00 am

Oct 2               Pump House Site     3:30-5:30 pm

      To learn more about Winnebago Audubon programs, visit www.winaudubon.org.

Photo credit:  Janet Wissink

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Janet Wissink

Janet Wissink is currently president of Winnebago Audubon, chair of Oshkosh Bird Fest planning committee, and co-coordinator of Project SOAR (Snowy Owl Airport Rescue). She loves bird watching, prairies and exploring the natural world.

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