Shirley Heinze Snapshot 9: The Great Marsh, November 1, 2023

November Marsh

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member)

Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the ninth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve that I began writing in March of this year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them, and that you have learned a bit about our wonderful local treasure along the way.  I know I have in putting them together.

As we enter November, this year’s marsh growing season has drawn to a close.  Shirley Heinze Stewardship Staff has spent hundreds of hours on site over the past few months, continuing their work in removing invasives and harvesting native plant seeds. There were also a number of Volunteer Workdays in the summer and fall months supervised by our new full-time Volunteer Coordinator, Jim Haniford.  Thanks to all of you who came out to help!

As has become the custom, Staff will lead a seed sowing event again this year on Black Friday (November 24, the day after Thanksgiving) from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST.  This is always a great time to enjoy the outdoors and meet fellow nature lovers.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP here.  I hope to see you then.  In the meantime, please allow me to share this seasonal poem that I just finished writing.

All the best!