Galen and Rhonda Kenyon win Tree Conservationist of the year award
The Washtenaw Conservation District announced last week that of the two awards to be presented at their annual meeting in January, the 2016 Tree Conservationist Award will be presented to Galen and Rhonda Kenyon of Manchester Township! The Kenyons are being recognized for planting 4,000 trees since 1991 and as well as their overall conservation efforts.
The meeting will be the 69th annual meeting of the conservation district and will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30 pm at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. The public is welcome to attend. The buffet dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations for the dinner are needed by January 13, 2017, but payment can be made at the door. To make reservations, call the District office at (734) 761-6721 ext. 5.
In addition to the presentation of the award to the Kenyons, the 2016 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award will be presented to Philip Selter of Augusta Township. The election of two District Directors will be held as well as a Door prize drawing.
Richard Wolinski, a field ornithologist in Michigan for over 45 years will also present a program—“Some Changes in the Birdlife of Washtenaw County.” His presentation will discuss population trends of some of the bird species in Washtenaw County, such as the sandhill crane, house finch, and turkey vulture, and will also highlight how changes in vegetative cover types, land-use changes, and farming practices affect how and when birds utilize the local landscape. Wolinski is a retired wildlife ecologist from the Michigan Department of Transportation. He was a consulting biologist for over ten years, and is a co-author of “The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan” and author of “Enjoying Purple Martins More: A Landlords Guide to Colony Management.” He has also been involved with a number of bird-related organizations and efforts.