The Environmental and Conservation section of the Island Stewardship Committee offers Stewardship Saturdays where volunteers can help remove invasive plant species from the island.

The purpose of this task is the preservation of Belle Isle’s old growth forest by pinpointing invasive plants such as honeysuckle and privet, the primary invaders. These plants do not provide the proper nutrition for migratory birds. It’s sort of like providing “junk food” for birds. Plants like these create monocultures in the forest understory, crowding out native plants that are nutritious for birds. Ecological balance is our prime concern.

Please join us in doing work that is so needed in Belle Isle’s natural areas. It’s a small commitment; the work is not taxing; and safety is a priority. We start at 9 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Please no children under age six. All children must be supervised by an adult. Please contact the Nature Zoo for activities for small children.

To sign up for these activities please RSVP at 248-647-7841.