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SENIORS GROUP ENJOYS OUR PARK MAY 22nd

SENIORS GROUP ENJOYS OUR PARK MAY 22nd

As part of our efforts to reach out to senior groups, about 20 people from the Emerald Heights Retirement Community in Redmond came for a one and a half hour nature walk on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon. President Kelly Gode provided drinks and snacks, then we set out on the Trillium Trail. The Trilliums have finished blooming but still have seeds. Board ecologist Jim Erckmann discussed how Trillium and bleeding heart seeds are dispersed by ants, why licorice ferns are on maples and cottonwoods but not conifers, why conifer forests dominate our region, how important dead trees are to forest wildlife, how climate change threatens our forests, and many interesting facts about our native plants and animals.

The group was very engaged and enjoyed our park and the experience so much that another Emerald Heights group wants to come in July for a longer walk that will be more focused on exercise. And Jim agreed to come to the woodlot and trail system next to the retirement complex and lead residents on a walk to identify and talk about their local plants.