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LL-H students plant trees, add birdhouses
LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell 10th-grade class took steps on Friday to improve bird habitat at the Torch Lake Sands in Lake Linden, according to Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and one of the leadership team of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative at Michigan Technological University.

Students planted 50 red-osier dogwood, an attractive red-stemmed shrub, which grows well in areas with variable moisture, Chadde said in a release.

The students also installed eight birdhouses, which were visited by tree swallows within minutes.

Dana Richter, president of the local chapter of the Copper Country Audubon Club, said the organization donated $150 for eight birdhouses and posts. Erickson Feed and Seed and McGann’s Lumber both provide a discount on birdhouses and posts for school and community projects.

Nick Squires, grade 7, 8, 10th grade science teacher at Lake Linden-Hubbell, heads up the high school’s Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Project, Chadde said. The eighth-grade students monitor the ecological health and biodiversity of organisms in the Trap Rock River, while the 10th grade class monitors the recovery of the remediated stamp sands next to the Lake Linden campground and park. They also work to improve the habitat through shrub plantings and installation of nesting boxes.

Several members of the Audubon group helped the students a few weeks ago to clean out last year’s birdhouses so they would be ready for the swallows arriving now, Chadde added.

Photo caption:
Photo provided by Joan Chadde. Dana Richter, president of the Copper Country Audubon Club, instructs some Lake Linden-Hubbell 10th grade students on how to install bird-nesting boxes at the Lake Linden sands.

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