Tick Information

From the Ecology Committee

Ticks have become increasingly prevalent in our area. The Ecology Committee has provided information about tick prevention and what to do in the event of a tick bite that has been gathered from the Michigan Department of Community Health. This information has been placed in the Ecology rack in the Assembly Building and on the Ecology bulletin board. The following Websites can be accessed, as well.

Michigan's five most common ticks

Tick ID Card and Removal Tips

Tick Bite Prevention and Removal

Children and Ticks

Comprehensive Booklet on Ticks and Your Health

Thanks to Kevin Kinnan for supplying these Websites.

The Benzie County Health Department next to Crystal Lake Health Center on Rte. M-115 provides a kit that includes a vile in which a tick, when removed, can be placed and sent to The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to determine if it carries Lyme Disease.

Thanks to Joel Buzzell for this information.

New Butterfly Garden

Have you seen the lovely new butterfly garden on the side of the Assembly Building?


The Ecology Committee joined with the CSA to plant a butterfly garden to the east of the Assembly Building. The garden enhances the new landscaping completed in the front of the building during the fall 2014, provides a habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators, and is an educational setting for the Ecology Fun Program. This wonderful addition was made possible by generous funding from the CSA Women’s Association, the CSA, and the fund-raising efforts of the Ecology Committee.

Under the design and guidance of Carolyn Thayer, owner Designs in Bloom, and Nancy Baglan, children in the first 2015 Ecology Fun class and several volunteers planted 265 native plants, which include 35 species in the butterfly gardern! A watering schedule with volunteers helped establish the garden.

Thanks to Jan and David Wynne for their donation of a native Serviceberry tree, "Autumn Brilliance," which can reach 8-9 feet in height.

The Harrison family is graciously donating a bench that will be placed next season, facing the garden.

Congratulations! Monarch Watch and the North American Butterfly Association have certified the CSA as committed to the protection of butterflies and other pollinators through its planting of the Butterfly Garden. A garden’s size, number of nectar and caterpillar host plants sown, and habitat and maintenance plans are criteria for being recognized. Signage indicating the certification by each organization is integrated into the plantings.


Nancy Baglan and Barbara Poehlein are coordinating with Carolyn Thayer on ways of including signage and pamphlets to inform the CSA community about what varieties are planted in the garden and where they are located.

A Monarch is born to the new CSA butterfly garden!

Before leaving the CSA, Nancy Baglan gave her brother-in-law, Tony Gish, a Monarch chrysalis to look after. The four stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle are the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The chrysalis "hatched" August 29th, 2015.  


Tony and his wife Betty, took the Monarch to the new CSA Butterfly Garden and released it. It found a good plant, the Yellow coneflower, to go to right away!