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Join us for a stewardship day at Capital City Bird Sanctuary as part of MSU’s Fall Spartan Day of Service! This little-known preserve northwest of downtown Lansing is a great place to spot birds such as Eastern Bluebird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, and Eastern Kingbird — even while working. Help us protect this urban nature preserve by removing invasive woody shrubs and encouraging native habitats. Think of this workday as “wild gardening” — mildly strenuous work that involves hiking around the sanctuary and cutting down invasive woody shrubs with hand pruners or hand saws, often in challenging locations. Additional tasks may include: general trail maintenance and cutting back overhanging plants from trails, cleaning out bird nesting boxes, or weeding in the native wildflower garden. A good workout is guaranteed! We do take many snack and water breaks. Please come prepared for outdoor work; wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen, although we will have extras on hand. No experience necessary, and we will provide all tools.

Please note: If you are an MSU student, please volunteer for the project here. If you do so, Michigan State University will provide transportation (bus) from the MSU campus to the sanctuary, lunch food, and an event T-shirt for you. More details on the event can be found on that page.

This CCBS workday is open to the public; members of the public may bring their own lunch if they wish, or join for just part of the workday. Meet at the volunteer parking lot at 6001 Delta River Dr., Lansing, MI 48906.

Please RSVP to Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse if you plan to attend by emailing her at