If you're one of those people who notice you haven't heard as much cheery warbling from songbirds lately, grab your best shovel and a couple of empty plastic milk jugs.

There's still time to plant.A massive volunteer effort to plant thousands of seedlings that will eventually help restore more than 20 acres of songbird habitat in South Jordan is continuing through this weekend.

About 100 volunteers turned out last Saturday despite drizzling rain to plant thousands of seedlings on the east side of the Jordan River north of Little Willow Creek (about 10900 South).

And barring weather bad enough to prohibit planting, volunteers will meet again at 8 a.m. this Saturday in the visitors parking lot at Matrixx Marketing at 10975 S. 450 West to finish the job.

The planting project is jointly sponsored by TreeUtah, the National Audubon Society and South Jordan, with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Individual planting projects are also continuing each day this week, a TreeUtah spokesman said.

Vaughn Lovejoy, planting project coordinator for TreeUtah, said the effort is part of the Jordan River Migratory Bird Habitat Restoration.

"There are hundreds of acres of open area in (the) Salt Lake Valley that can be restored to support wildlife," he said. "Restoring habitat in South Jordan is an exciting first step.

"But a project of this magnitude will require a communitywide commitment and thousands of volunteers," Lovejoy added.

South Jordan Councilman Richard Warne said the project gives local residents a chance to show they care about preserving Jordan River wildlife habitat.

The planting site is an open meadow just west of the Sterling Village apartment complex.

Participating planters can get there by walking down the road that travels west through a cluster of apartments still under construction.

Once they reach a barb-wire fence with a gate, they can go through the gate to reach the site.

Additional information abut the planting is available by contacting TreeUtah at 364-2122.

In the event of stormy weather this weekend, volunteers should phone the TreeUtah office to determine a rescheduled date.