Monthly Archives:: August 2013

Photo Says it All

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At the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting/Workshops we started our first fire in our council ring.  It was a lovely evening to sit by the fire and share stories and take in the prairie.  A great time was had by all!  — Donna VanBuecken, ExecDir Wild Ones

Monarch Magic pinewood wheelbarrow

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Here is a photo-copy of the MONARCH MAGIC pinewood wheelbarrow yard sculpture that I completed for the Lisle, IL Park District’s summer benefit auction. I lead the children’s parade at the GROWING PLACE NURSERY in Montgomery, IL. on Saturday August 3rd in honor of their “Winging It” festival featuring birds, bats, butterflies, and bees/ I will be more »

Clarkston Rain Garden

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This is a photo of our Rain Garden sign at Depot Park in the Village of Clarkston, Michigan.  The group that installed the Rain Garden (mostly all North Oakland Wild Ones now) actually started the Rain Garden (with native plants) to reduce or eliminate the salt and other debris being washed from vehicles that would flow through the area more »

Missing the fun of the Wild Ones Weekend

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It looks like I will not be heading to Wisconsin this year–so sorry. I will miss seeing you, Joan and Jamie and all the fine WO members. It was so energizing and welcoming last year. I do plan to get there next year! It was very enjoyable and our Toledo group felt very welcome.  Thanks for asking more »

Things with Wings

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan held an event called “Things with Wings” on July 21, 2013.  This is one of my all-time favorite botanical gardens, I know the wonderful staff well and have been a member for years. I was invited to participate, representing Monarch Watch.  Audubon and beekeepers were also present.  It more »

Monarch Butterflies Migration Path Tracked by Generations for First Time

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The monarchs migration path has been tracked for first time by generations through a new study developed by the University of Guelph.  This study traced successive generations of adult monarchs to their birthplaces between the southern United States and Ontario over a single breeding season.  “The researchers used chemical markers in butterfly wings to match “waves” of insect more »

Monarchs Update by Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch

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Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch will address the current plight of the monarchs at The Wild Center, the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, New York tonight at 7:30AM EDT.   Listen to this live stream For more information go to   – Donna VanBuecken, Ex Dir Wild Ones

Rain Garden Specialist

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Beatrice is the Oak Openings (OH) Chapter membership co-chair, and presented the March 2013 program. Patty Toneff our PR chair sent in a press-release back in Feb. Then, I spoke to the writer this spring to remind her of the value of Beatrice’s story. It took time, but it’s finally out this morning!  — Denise

Monarch Wallscape at National Center for Nature Photography

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Denise Gehring, President of Oak Openings Chapter in OH and Co-Chair of the national Wild Ones Monarchs Committee sent this message along with this fantastic photo.  “It is pretty exciting:) I have a monarch caterpillar eating bfweed at my dining room table today waiting to be a part of the first Wild for Monarchs preview more »

Annual Meeting Specialties

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I hope you’re planning to attend this year’s Annual Wild Ones Membership Meeting this weekend.  Besides participating in the excellent workshops we have planned and getting an update on what’s happening with the monarchs migration, attendees will have the opportunity to buy Airplanes in the Gardens by Joan Calder.  Written in a format easily understood by more »