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If you have walked in the Saginaw Forest and wondered about the knee-high fence in the wetland near Third Sister Lake, this is the meeting to find out its purpose! The fence is an important research tool. Keith Berven, professor at Oakland University, has been monitoring variations in numbers of wood frogs that use the pond for breeding, egg-laying, and tadpole development for the past 34 years, in an attempt to understand the factors that lead to year-to-year fluctuation in frog numbers. He will discuss patterns and trends in the population dynamics of wood frogs and the indirect effects of climate change. Free & open to the public. Parking fees support programs at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Meet 1pm in the dog park parking lot on Joslyn Rd, just south of Clarkston Rd. We'll hike 5-6 miles at a moderate to brisk pace over rolling to level wooded terrain. Sharp eyes may see some sharp-lobed hepatica at the sunny base of some trees . No restaurant stop planned afterward (nothing nearby!). A 2019 Oakland County Vehicle Permit is required for this park. Leader: Bonnie,[masked]C . Meet 1pm: Orion Oaks Dog Park. On Joslyn Road , just south of Clarkston Road. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WFUD5rLg3eLiFiJJvxAZr1bMdmGZAFjj&usp=sharing