Posts Categorized: 2014 Annual Conference Blog

Monarch Release at WILD Center

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Several Wild Ones members brought their monarch chrysalises along to our recent Annual Conference at the WILD Center, so we had the good fortune to see several monarch butterflies released.  View the video of a monarch release and let us know your thoughts about the potential loss of the monarch butterfly in the Midwest by commenting to more »

Donna’s Happy Birthday

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Wild Ones staff recently surprised Executive Director Donna VanBuecken with a 70th birthday party.  Wild Ones friends dropped by during the afternoon for cake and coffee and some story telling.  When she drove into the driveway, the banner above is what she saw.  Donna said she “had to laugh!” and that “she’s going to miss networking with more »

Latest Dance — Moving for Monarchs

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Moving for Monarchs (M4M) is a dance, film and photography project to “save the world one butterfly at a time.”  It is the brainchild of free lance ballerina Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch who recently performed at TEDxPlazaMelchorOcampo  Much of the habitat shown half-way through video was filmed at the WILD Center during our Wild Ones annual conference in August 2014. more »

Celebrities at Wild Ones Annual Meeting August 16th

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Besides our guest speaker following the official annual, Rob Zimmer reporter for Gannett Wisconsin Media, author and videographer Catherine Zimmerman and author and botanist Linda Curtis will be on hand to sign their books at a meet n’ greet.  Hope you can stop by and meet everyone! — Donna

2014 Annual Conference – Please Reply!

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Hello Members! Want to come to the annual conference but don’t want to drive by yourself? Or would like to ride along and let someone else do the driving? Just reply to this post and let us know your city and whether you are looking for additional riders or would like someone else to drive. Watch here more »

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

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 »

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 »