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Fenner Nature Center enlists volunteers to help move critters

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 05:45:50-04

LANSING, Mich. — Some frogs, fish, and turtles are hitting the road, moving out of their home in a local pond.

But this migration is not caused by mother nature it's manmade for their own safety.

Wednesday was day two of the volunteer workday at the Fenner Nature Center. The center needs to drain the pond for biological and mechanical reasons so to save the critters that call it home..they asked the public for some help.

"We have built a great relationship I think here in our community and we see that when we have this many volunteers come out," Executive Director at the Fenner Nature Center Liz Roxberry said.

Frogs, tadpoles, turtles, fish, and more are all being collected those volunteers and workers. Once the vertebrae are out of the pond, they are taken to aerated storage tanks. Their next stop is the new pond, a short golf cart ride away on the property.

"It's been exciting. We have to bait the fish a little bit and give them a little bit of food so we can catch them just to get them closer to the net...but it's just been a fun time," Volunteer Michael Gleason said.

The nature center says although they hope they can save as many animals as they can, the ones that don't survive will be donated to a wildlife recovery association in Shepherd, to feed the rescued eagles, falcons, and owls.

"Having a natural resource for them is imperative to them, and that can be kind of hard to come by," Roxberry added.

All ages are welcome, as long as kids come with an adult. The center says it's a good way to get your hands dirty while helping. and learn a little too.

"We do a little education while we're at it. Honestly, it's a lot of fun. It's a way for our neighborhood to work together and work towards a common goal."

If you missed out the first two days, you can still come out and help move more of the animals Thursday. Volunteer hours run from 11-4.

The project affecting the pond should be complete by the end of October.

To learn more about the Fenner Nature Center, click here.

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