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Volunteers Needed April 21, 2012 for New Wildlife Garden in Stratham

GREENLAND, N.H. -- The Great Bay National Estuarine  Research Reserve (GBNERR) is creating a backyard wildlife garden Great Bay National EstuarineResearch Reservedemonstration  area on a conservation property on the shores of Great Bay. Located in  Stratham next to Chapman's Landing on the Squamscott River, the wildlife garden  will be established and maintained by community volunteers. It will be a place  where people can come learn how to enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance backyard,  while providing shelter, food and water for wildlife. You'll pick up other  green tips here, too, such as using a rain barrel and creating "no mow  lawns."  The property already hosts a  wildlife viewing platform that overlooks the salt marsh and an osprey  nest.

volunteer group work day has been set for Saturday,  April 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering a chance for interested  community members to get involved with the project. Volunteers are needed  to help pull out invasive plants, build garden beds and construct paths. These "Work Day Wonder" volunteers will celebrate Earth Day by "wrenching" out  invasive plants at the community garden site. Learn how to use specialized  tools called "Weed Wrenches" to remove some of the invasive woody shrubs and  clear the way for spring plantings.

The Reserve is particularly looking for some dedicated volunteers  to help with this project by participating in planting, care, and  demonstrations. As a"Wild Side Gardener" you can adopt a plot, such as a  butterfly or "xeroscape" garden (composed of a selection of plants  that need little to no extra watering), and show off your green thumbs by  helping it thrive, just as if it were your own backyard. This committed  group will establish their roots this spring and help choose the design of the  garden.

If you're interested in volunteering as a "Work Day Wonder"  and/or "Wild Side Gardener," please contact Shannon O'Brien at  Shannon.obrien@wildlife.nh.gov or call (603) 778-0015. For questions  regarding this project, please contact Rachel Stevens at  rachel.stevens@wildlife.nh.gov or call (603) 778-0015.

Partner groups such as the University of New Hampshire's  Cooperative Extension and Thompson School, along with Woodburn & Company  Landscape Architecture, LLC, have been integrally involved in the planning and  preparation for the wildlife garden project. Funding is being acquired from  various organizations, including the Natural Resource Conservation Service and  the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Learn more about the project atwww.greatbay.org/programs/community-wildlife-garden.htm

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