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May 02

[ARCHIVED] Earth Day is Our Super Bowl

The original item was published from May 2, 2023 3:00 PM to May 8, 2023 5:14 PM

By Cecilia Black

Earth Day is the Super Bowl of conservation efforts for PCD’s Water Quality Team! The months leading up to this event are filled with promotion and planning, no easy task when juggling logistics for seven project sites. This year, volunteer sign-ups required us to purchase more tools to fill the demand. The new shovels, wheelbarrows, and grass knives will be used by volunteers in the future.

A young woman volunteering at Bradely Lake Park smiles with a shiney new shovel on Earth Day.
We were so pleased that we stocked up on tools because the Habitat Stewardship events alone were attended by 95 volunteers!

We were able to remove a whopping 4,000 square feet of invasive plants (primarily blackberry), at the time when they come out of dormancy and start trying to take over again. This huge upwelling of volunteer support means invasive removal this summer will be much more manageable. Early-season help for native plants impacts their long-term survival. Invasive species are especially harmful to our native plants during the growing months (late spring to early fall) because water resources are increasingly limited. Additionally, invasives are great at shading out native plants, which reduces the capacity of these beneficial species to establish themselves.

We look forward to seeing our Earth Day volunteers return throughout the year and would like to thank everyone who attended to support the important habitat restoration work we do.

A large group of volunteers at an Earth Day event.
We were happy to support several large community groups who used this event as team bonding and community service!
A PCD staff person stands next to a beauitful red flowering currant bush at Silver Creek.
At the events volunteers and staff alike were thrilled by the blooming red flowering currants, which were brimming with bees and even a few hummingbirds.
A child at Silver Creek holds a worm in gloved hands.
The critters were well and truly out to celebrate spring. Worms and snails and snakes Oh My!