25 Years of Caring for God's Creation
Throughout each year, Calvin students and professors participate in a variety of research and stewardship projects on the Ecosystem Preserve. The data gained from these projects has greatly enhanced our knowledge about the land as a whole and the species that live here, while providing students with valuable research experiences.
Research in the Buiten Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the 50 eastern acres of the preserve, includes:
- Michigan Native Plants
- A GIS Database
- An Eastern Box Turtle Study
- Small Mammals Survey
- Tree Census Study
- Trail Camera Study
- Archeological Survey
- Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Study
- Fossil Pollen Study
Ecosystem Preserve Stewards: High-flying life
June 12, 2009 - "The yellow warbler says, ‘sweet sweet sweet, I’m so sweet,’” explains senior Jodi Unema as she heads deeper into a field near the back of Calvin’s 90-acre Ecosystem Preserve on an early June morning. The elementary education and integrated science major from Hudsonville, Mich., who is working as a summer preserve steward, is listening and watching for birds that have nested this year in the preserve. Once birds are spotted and identified, she writes them on a list that will become a part of the Ecosystem Preserve’s permanent record.