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The first 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held via webconference on January 19 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The second 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held at a Wild Ones Chapter location on May 18 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The third 2013 Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting and the Wild Ones 2013 Annual Membership Meeting will be held on August 16-17, 2013 at the WILD Center in Neenah, Wisconsin. On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, there will be a series of marketing workshops held specifically for chapter boards. All Wild Ones members are invited. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The 2013 Annual Wild Ones Photo Contest will also be held in conjunction with the Annual Wild Ones Membership Meeting. Go to for details. Entries are due August 3.
The fourth Wild Ones national Quarterly Board Meeting will be held via webconference on November 9, 2013 at 9AM. The subject of the meeting will be general operations. Contact the headquarters office for more details.
The Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones, sponsored by Connecticut College
Arboretum, meets the Second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am at the Olin Science
Center, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
Business meetings are held in the Olin Lounge from 10:00-10:45,followed by an educational program at 11:00. Visitors are welcome!
(If you enter the College campus from Route 32, Olin Science Center is the first building on your right.)
Aug 02, 2014 (Sat)
Come hear about The Many Reasons and Ways to Use Native Plants, a talk presented to Connecticut Wild Ones by Charlotte Pyle, Landscape Ecologist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Co-Chair of the Native Alternatives Subcommittee of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group. Dr. Pyle will discuss aesthetic, educational, and ecological reasons for using native plants and will dispel some myths about native plants as well. Connecticut native species for gardens, wildlife habitat and some problem sites will be covered. Copies of the Connecticut Botanical Society's new checklist of Connecticut native plants will be available for sale ($10).
This talk will take place this Saturday (August 2nd) in Room 113 of the Olin building at 11:00am at Conn College. Before that we will have our business meeting at 10:00 in the Olin Lounge.
This is free of charge and open to al
Nov 09, 2014 (Sun)
November meeting will not be on Nov 1st (our usual first Saturday of the month).
Instead it will be on Nov 9th at 12:45 at 33 Gallows Lane in New London, the old DNA Science center. This is adjacent to the Arboretum Native Plant collection at Conn College.
We are having it there since that is where a talk by Peter Picone will take place The 2 hour seminar will start at 2:00 and is only $5 for either arboretum or Wild One members ($10 for non-members). Call the Conn College Arboretum for any questions and to register (860-439-5020). This is a presentation that the arboretum is putting on and we are co-sponsoring. The business meeting is open to all
Dec 13, 2014 (Sat)
Meeting will not be on Dec 6th. Instead we will have our annual potluck/elections on Saturday Dec 13 at 10:00 am at College House on the campus of Conn College. Bring some food to share. All are welcom
Jan 10, 2015 (Sat)
Meetings for 2015 will be switching to the second Saturday of the month. This month will be a meeting/planning session in Olin Lounge at Conn College
Please Note: The location of Chapter meetings rotates through various sites within our membership area to facilitate easy access. In addition, Field Trips and also outside activities are in various locations. Therefore, always check the Calendar of Events for this month's location, day and time.General Contact Information:
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The Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones typically meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Christ The Lord Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL. During the Spring and Summer months there are tours of native plant specific locations (yards, parks, preserves, etc.) that are usually on Saturday mornings.
Sponsored by the Gibson Woods Chapter of Wild Ones, the Third Biennial Native Plant Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 25th at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN from 7AM to 2PM.
Early registration discount end August 28th.
The Lexington Chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month for an educational program and to share some social time. During some months there are additional meetings. Visitors are always welcome. For information please contact our President, Beate Popkin.
Guided by the philosophy of Lorrie Otto . . .
“If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Marshall District Library located at 124 West Green Street in Marshall, MI. Field trips are planned for April through August Meetings. Consult the meeting calendar for details or e-mail
Monthly meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Bay de Noc Community College unless otherwise noted. Check the calendar for more information about monthly meetings and outings.
Please visit our chapter page for further details on upcoming field trips, meetings, and other events.
Mid-Mitten Chapter will be meeting generally at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Dates and times of meetings will vary. Please go to Mid-Mitten Chapter Calendarwebpages for further information.
Feb 09, 2015 (Mon)
Fighting to Stop Climate Change-How Can I Make a Difference? Pat Race, Bay City resident software company owner, and long time environmental activist, created an easily recognized symbol to help explain climate change, just as the peace symbol became a symbol for the peace movement. His creation: the Climate Stick. Mr. Race will explain the concept behind his climate tool and update us on the fight to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and shifting to green energy. Mr. Race has received enthusiastic endorsement from local environmental leaders from the Lone Tree Council and the Saginaw Valley Sustainability Society. Mr. Race's website for Climate Stick activity is at www.cs4us.org. After the presentation refreshments will be served, and a business meeting held. This meeting will be held at Chippewa Nature Center's Visitor Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI, 6:30-8:00 pm. Open to the public.
Feb 21, 2015 (Sat)
Dow Gardens Know and Grow Seminar at Bullock Creek High School Mid-Mitten Chapter will have a display booth at the seminar
Mar 08, 2015 (Sun)
Michigan Wildflower Association Conference at Kellog Center, East Lansing, MI Mid-Mitten members will be attending. This is a two day conference, but attendance can be for only one day. For further information regarding this conference please visit WAM's website at www.wildflowersmich.org
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat)
Building a Nesting Box for Native Leafcutter and Mason Bees. In addition to the critical services bees provide, they bring life and movement to gardens and are fun to watch! MidMitten WO member, Mike LeValley, Education Coordinator for the Isabella Conservation District in Mt. Pleasant, will lead a workshop on the basics of building a bee nesting box. He will discuss different types and we will have handouts on the subject with internet links for more details. The nesting box we build will be used as fundraising items for our chapter; however, if participants want to buy some they will be available for purchase that day. Pictures of the nesting sites can be found on Mike's excellent blog at http://midmichigannatureandscience.blogspot.com/ (see the July 16, 2014 entry). This meeting will be held at Chippewa Nature Center's Visitor Woodshop, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI, 11 am-1 pm. Open to the public.
Mar 30, 2015 (Mon)
"The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden" Part II Doug Tallamy's (award winning author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens most recent presentation was filmed during the January Wild Ones Fox Valley Area "Toward Harmony With Nature" Conference. We will view Part 2: "The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards." This hour long presentation clearly explains the critical need to preserve biodiversity and how we can all contribute to making sustainable landscapes by growing the native plants that are essential to our local food chains and food webs. The ecosystem services provided benefit all species on our planet. After the video refreshments will be served, and a business meeting will be held which will include activity planning for 2015. This meeting will be held at Chippewa Nature Center's Visitor Center 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI, 6:30-8:00 pm. Open to the public.
Apr 13, 2015 (Mon)
Designing Your Landscape With Native Plants Workshop at Chippewa Nature Center Native plant species including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, vines and ferns are beneficial additions to your existing yard or to new developments. Learn how to create landscape design for a portion or all of your property in this hands-on workshop. Martha Holzheuer Landscape Ecologist with Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. will introduce you to designing with natives. Luba Sitar, Community Education Manager at ITC Holdings will discuss species for compatible plantings near utility lines. Many of the plants recommended will be available at CNNC's Native Plant Sale May 28-30.
Apr 25, 2015 (Sat)
Earth Day Celebration at Chippewa Nature Center Mid-Mitten Chapter members will be assisting beginning at 10 a.m
May 11, 2015 (Mon)
Invasive Species Control and Walk at Averill Preserves Wild Ones members (and friends) are invited to explore the Little Forks Conservancy's invasive species management at the Averill Preserve in Sanford, Michigan at 6:30 p.m.; we will look at control technologies as well as some of the Conservancy's native planting area. For several years the Conservancy's volunteers have been tackling autumn olive and spotted knapweed among other non-native plants. Directions: Averill Preserves. East Saginaw Road, Sanford, MI 48657. Directions: From Midland, take North Saginaw Road towards Sanford. Follow North Saginaw Road approximately 5 miles to Wackerly Road. Turn left onto Wackerly Road. The Averill Preserve is immediately on the left
May 29, 2015 (Fri)
Chippewa Nature Center Native Plant Sale, May 29-31 Mid-Mitten Chapter members will be assisting and will have a display booth
Jul 11, 2015 (Sat)
Michigan State University Horticulture Garden: The Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden The collections and displays are always evolving in the Judith DeLapa Perennial Gardens in Lansing. In 2010 MSU installed a large bed the Director dubbed "Nearly Native", since most of the plants are true Michigan natives, or cultivars derived from true native species. In 2011, with the help and design of local designer, Dan Crow, they installed a large bed. The rest of the beds display the constantly changing textures, colors and moods of landscape perennials. This event will be held at Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, South Campus of MSU, Bogue Street and Service Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Time to be announced.
Aug 10, 2015 (Mon)
Mt. Pleasant Area Native Plant Garden Walk: 3 Schools and a Museum Mid-Mitten Wild Ones member, Mike LeValley, has recently certified two schoolyard habitats through Wild Ones as Native Plant Butterfly Gardens: http//www.wildones, org/learn/wild-for-monarchs/wild-ones-butterfly-garden-recognition-program/. This is a fairly new certification program, but surprisingly these were only the 27th and 28th gardens in the country to be certified. Certifying provides a lovely sign to display and your cost for certifying the garden goes to Wild Ones. Mike will guide us to each of the gardens in Mt. Pleasant where we can see how incorporating native plant gardens into public areas increases public awareness of the beauty and usefulness of pollinator habitats. We will meet at 6 pm at the first garden located in Mt. Pleasant. More information to come for this event.
Sep 14, 2015 (Mon)
The Value of Trees: A Tree Walk with Martha Holzheuer We will walk with Martha in a yet to be determined area, to learn about our native Michigan trees. In addition to their beauty, we will learn about the many ways trees contribute to our world, including how trees sequester carbon. Details will follow
Oct 12, 2015 (Mon)
Plant and Seed Exchange at member Janet Sage's Home. Bring your own native plants and/or seeds to exchange with other Wild Ones members at Janet's home located in Freeland. In addition to a potluck meal and exchange of seeds and plants we will explore Jan's landscape transformation to more native plants
Nov 09, 2015 (Mon)
Potluck, Annual Meeting and Election of 2016 Officers, Chippewa Nature Center ,Midland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to get ready. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. in classroom 3. Annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. with reports and photos of 2015 activities. old business election of officers, and ideas for next year's programs.
Free presentations are often held on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Business meetings for the chapter board, chairs, and members are often the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Please go to the events page for a complete list of events. You can also "Like" us on Facebook!
Our St. Croix Oak Savanna Chapter was formed in 2003 and sponsors monthly programs by enthusiasts and experts on native plants and natural landscapes. Meetings are normally free and open to the public. Special events may include a registration fee to help cover costs. Cold weather (indoor) meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the the FamilyMeans Building, 1875 Northwestern Ave. in Stillwater. Socializing begins at 6:30 pm with our speaker at 7 pm. Warm weather garden tours and field trips are typically held Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. See our Chapter Calendar below for details. We welcome all levels of plant and gardening enthusiast. Join us to learn more about Minnesota and Wisconsin native plants and how they can enhance our outdoor spaces.
Jan 24, 2015 (Sat)
Guided Winter Nature Hike, Lunch, and Doug Tallamy Film at Belwin Conservancy in Afton
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10am - 12:30pm
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Please RSVP to Diane Hilscher so we can plan for the group size and lunch.
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Belwin Naturalist Lynette Andersen will guide us on a winter nature walk. If there’s deep snow, bring your snowshoes, or let Diane know you’d like to borrow a pair from Belwin. Loaners available.
Film and lunch to follow at the Education Center. Katy Widin is planning our lunch of hot soups and other treats. The film shows Dr. Tallamy’s presentation to a live audience at last year’s Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Toward Harmony with Nature Conference. Free and open to the public.
Feb 21, 2015 (Sat)
Wild Ones 2015 Design With Nature Conference--Changing Tactics
Saturday, February, 21st, 2015
8:30 am Registration opens, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm Program with Lunch
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Nationally recognized landscape architect and ecologist Travis Beck is our keynote speaker. He will explain how he designs successional plant communities that adapt to change and disruption. Travis is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware and author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. Our next speaker, Wiley Buck, Restoration Ecologist at Great River Greening in St. Paul. will discuss conservation grazing to control invasives and promote landscape restoration. And then Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, St. Paul, will describe research and demonstration projects for adapting urban forest ecosystems to climate change.
Monthly topic meetings are on the third Tuesday, unless otherwise noted, at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, located just south of 66th Street between I-35W and Lyndale Avenue South (map). Free and open to the public.
Marilyn Jones, President, 612-724-8084,
Visit our new website, or call our message center at 612-293-3833 for latest updates.
The Columbus Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Except for field trips, the chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at the Whetstone Library Community Room, 3909 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. THIS IS A NEW MEETING LOCATION. A complete listing of our programs and field trips is found by clicking on our website link above.
To The Whetstone Prairie Project started in 2004 and has continued to be a joint project between Columbus Recreation and Parks and Wild Ones Columbus: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, a non-profit community organization and its volunteers. Other local organizations,such as FLOW Friends of Olentangy Watershed and other local volunteers have also been involved in the project. Outside funding and support has been received from Keep Franklin County Beautiful, ODNR’s Wildlife Diversity & Endangered Species Program and Columbus Metro Parks. 5.1 acres of lowland along the Olentangy River was restored into native Ohio prairie with vernal pools and a woodland buffer. Since 2004 areas have been established which include prairie wildflowers and grasses native to Franklin County and Central Ohio, and portions of the prairie were seeded with Darby Plains prairie seed from Columbus Metro Parks. The long term plan is to increase the native biological diversity of the area and to use the site as a key educational and demonstration site. This includes walking trails, viewing stations, informational signage and an educational program. Starting in January 2015 Wild Ones Columbus will be offering educational tours after our monthly meetings for those that are interested in learning more about promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. We will be offering volunteers opportunities for others to learn, alongside our members, what it takes to maintain the Whetstone Prairie for generations to come. Whestrone Park is part of COLUMBUS GREEN WALKS.
DIRECTIONS:Whestone Prairie is located in Whetstone Park- Go right out of the library parking lot and follow the park entry road to the lower parking lot. Turn left at the open picnic houses and park as close to the turnaround as possible. The prairie is located over the footbridge to the left. Approaching from the north you will see the entrance to the main walking path and our prairie.
For monthly up dates and changes to meeting locations, please check. Columbus Chapter Wild Ones
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NEW Columbus Chapter Newsletter,"Nature Scoop" written by Toni Stahl,Ambassador for National Wildlife Federation Backyard Certification Habitat. The newsletter is forwarded to members monthly. Visit Toni's web-site NWF Backyard Ohio
Barbara K.Velez Barbosa,President
Bonnie Welty,Vice President
Sue McCall,Membership Chair
Luanne Hendricks,Way & Means Chair
Roseann Stoehr,Program Committee Chair
Karen Martens,Website Coordinator
For additional program infomation please contact
Barbara Kay Velez Barbosa,President
For additional program infomation please contact Barbara Kay Velez Barbosa,President
Jan 01, 2015 (Thu)     http://columbus.wildones.org/
PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEB SITE For 2015 Wild Ones Columbus Chapter for a detailed calendar of programs, tours and special events. Thank you!
Jan 10, 2015 (Sat)     Program Description: Plant Taxonomy- the system of classification used by botanists, to determine how native plants get their botanical names, by whom they are given and how and why the names are maintained using aspecific set of rules. The presentation uses the Aster family in general and blazing stars (Liatris) in particular, toexplain the differences and similarities between common (vernacular) and botanical(scientific) usage
January 10, 2015 - What’s in A Plant Name? Roger Troutman
10:00 am at Whetstone Library - Community Room LOCATION: 3909 N High St, Cols, OH 43214
Program Description: Plant Taxonomy- the system of classification used by botanists, to determine how native plants get their botanical names, by whom they are given and how and why the names are maintained using aspecific set of rules. The presentation uses the Aster family in general and blazing stars (Liatris) in particular, toexplain the differences and similarities between common (vernacular) and botanical(scientific) usage
Feb 14, 2015 (Sat)     Program Description: Join Darlene Sillick, who is a leader in bluebird conservation for over 25 years in centralOhio. You will learn about who will move into a nestbox and what you can do to help them have success. Youwill get suggestions for native plantings to encourage birds to visit your yard.
February 14, 2015 – Bluebirding 101 Or Who Just Moved in My Nestbox? Darlene Sillick
10:00 am at Whetstone Library - Community Room LOCATION: 3909 N High St, Cols, OH 43214
Program Description: Join Darlene Sillick, who is a leader in bluebird conservation for over 25 years in centralOhio. You will learn about who will move into a nestbox and what you can do to help them have success. Youwill get suggestions for native plantings to encourage birds to visit your yard.
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat)     Program Description: Learn how to construct an artificial bog and grow bog plants native to the eastern US
March 14, 2015 - Bog Construction and Planting, Dave Marsolo
10:00am at Whetstone Library,Community Room LOCATION:3909 N High St,Columbus,OH 43214
Program Description: Learn how to construct an artificial bog and grow bog plants native to the eastern US
Apr 11, 2015 (Sat)     Ohio is home to 25 species of Salamanders in Five Families- David R. Celebrezze Birds on the Glove, Raptors -Darlene Sillick 10 am -12 pm LOCATION: 2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd., Columbus, OH
April 11, 2015 - WOC Tour Sawmill Wetlands
Ohio is home to 25 species of Salamanders in Five Families- David R. Celebrezze
Birds on the Glove, Raptors -Darlene Sillick
10 am -12 pm LOCATION: 2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd., Columbus, OH
Apr 18, 2015 (Sat)     *Not a WOC event, but a GREAT conference COST: $35.00 per person includes snacks an lunch Key Note Speaker-Donna VanBuecken,Executive Director Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, Stewardship: Who Will Take Responsibility? 9:00 am to 4:00 pm For car pool info contact Barbara Altenburg email@example.com 614.638.0442
April 18, 2015 – Planting Seeds of Hope Conference
*Not a WOC event, but a GREAT conference
COST: $35.00 per person includes snacks an lunch
Key Note Speaker-Donna VanBuecken,Executive Director Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural
Landscapes, Stewardship: Who Will Take Responsibility?
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For car pool info contact Barbara Altenburg firstname.lastname@example.org 614.638.0442
For more information, contact Chris McCullough at 513-860-4959 or email Chris.
Go to the chapter website to learn more about the Central Wisconsin Chapter and our activities.
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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our May - October meetings will be a variety of field trips, conducted outdoors at different locations each month. Check our Calendar of Events for more details.
The November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 10:00 am, 2nd Saturdays, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, at S91W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle, WI.
Aug 09, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Native Gardens at the Home Kathleen Renowdan
When Kathleen moved to Delavan, she realized that her lot was perfect for a prairie garden in sunny areas, as well as a woodland edge garden in shadier spots. Within only a few years, she created a beautiful native landscape that attracted wide praise and was featured in the Walworth Sunday newspaper last summer. She continues to add new plants and expand her original gardens. She’ll share what she’s learned about which plants play well with others and which are "bullies", siting preferences, repositioning, and the challenges of trying to achieve the look of a mature garden in a short time.
Sep 06, 2014 (Sat)
Special Meeting: Monarch Tagging Program with Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Wild Ones members and Rock County Conservationists will gather at Larry and Emily Scheunemann’s home in Whitewater to tag Monarch Butterflies. A presentation will be given explaining the migration and why there is such a small population of butterflies presently. Adults and children alike will be able to participate in tagging Monarchs. The Scheuenmann’s have created a Monarch Wayside Station and have landscaped their 30- acre property to attract wildlife of all types. Due to the enthusiasm of last year’s participants, this event is being held again this year.
Sep 13, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Landscaping at the Home of Heidi and Daniel Natura
Heidi Natura is a landscape architect with an ecological focus and expertise in the application of native flora who has been practicing her profession in the Chicago region over the last 24 years. In 1999, she and her husband, Daniel, found a second home in Eagle where their family spends most of their weekends. They have been restoring prairie, oak-hickory savanna and woods that range from dry to wet in hydrology. The property has many small remnant plant communities that they are expanding upon. Invasive and other weedy species will dominate the ground plain for the foreseeable future, but a multi-year stewardship strategy helps to prioritize how time is spent to encourage native plant communities to re-establish and thrive. See this restoration in progress on this tour with Heidi.
Oct 11, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of the Palmyra Environmental Learning Center with “Prairie Bob”
At Palmyra Environmental Learning Center, you can explore restored short grass prairies, a cedar glade, a restored swamp, and ongoing projects like an oak opening and the understory/ground layer of a southern mesic hardwood forest. This is a site where K=8 students from southeastern Wisconsin can come and learn about many facets of the out-of-doors. “Prairie Bob” Ahrenhoerster, the lead naturalist at the center and the owner/operator of Prairie Seed Source nursery, will give this tour.
Nov 08, 2014 (Sat)
Native Restoration for Homeowners
Corrine Daniels, director of Applied Ecological Services, Brodhead, WI, will discuss planning, cost-control, implementation, plants versus seeds, species selection, and maintenance of native landscapes. The talk will focus on small-scale and mid-size (5-10 acre) restorations suitable for homeowners.
Jan 10, 2015 (Sat)
Helping the Land with the Help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has many programs to help people help the land. Greg Igl, NRCS Area Resource Conservationist serving the Southeastern Wisconsin, will discuss conservation practices and programs that benefit native habitats, pollinators and wildlife. Learn about financial assistance programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other easement programs that may benefit you or the land around you.
Feb 14, 2015 (Sat)
Managing Habitat for Amphibians and Reptiles
This program will be presented by Dr. Joshua Kapfer, a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Josh will speak about various topics related to managing habitat for amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on species in southeastern Wisconsin. The majority of his research to date has centered on amphibians and reptiles. He is primarily interested in wildlife ecology and conservation with an emphasis on habitat selection, management and spatial ecology.
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat)
The Benefits of Shoreline Landscaping with Native Plants
Beverly Saunders, a senior specialist with a focus in biology at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) will present this program. A major part of Beverly’s lake planning activities is encouraging the development of “vegetative buffers” along the shorelines of waterways and lakes. Buffers, which are generally a strip of native plantings used to stabilize the shoreline and provide the surface waters protection from polluted runoff, are instrumental to creating healthy lakes and rivers not only in terms of water quality but also in terms of sustaining wildlife. This talk will focus on the benefits of these native buffers in terms of lake and river health in general, as well as provide brief guidance on the various ways these buffers can be installed. In addition, a list of native plants that can be used in buffer construction will be provided.
Apr 11, 2015 (Sat)
Terrestrial Invasive Plants and Invasive Worms
Terrestrial invasives are beautiful, prolific, and hard to kill and that’s just the plants. The relationship above and below ground is poorly understood, though when you start looking at the soil and what’s crawling around you’ll see the world in a whole new way! Learn more than you ever wanted to know about the plants you never thought were weeds and the worms you thought were your friends. Bernie Williams, the ‘worm person’ for the Wisconsin DNR Forestry Division, Forest Health, will present this program. Bernie is researching the relationship between the spread of terrestrial invasive plants and the presence of invasive worms this program. If you have one; odds are you’ll have the other!
May 09, 2015 (Sat)
Tour at suburban home of Denay Trybowski
Edible landscaping, woodland natives displayed under suburban tree canopies, rescued Carrion vine transplanted to take over a shaded trellis, spring ephemerals coming and going, sun-loving prairie species late-breaking through the spring soil – these are just a few samples of native plantings integrated into a typical suburban lot at Denay’s Whitewater residence which, 10 years ago, was mostly lawn. Each year, Denay , a retired Dance Instructor in the Physical Education Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, adds a few native forbs, and removes a few non-native plants to her compost bin. Of her favorite spring bloomers is a curbside border of Blue Woodland Phlox, resurrecting itself after 8 winters of accumulated salt and sand dumped by city snow plows. Denay’s biggest suburban yard challenge – saving enough sunny ground to grow her own food. Following this tour, we’ll also visit the nearby native prairie display garden out at the Effigy Mounds Preserve.
Jun 13, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Northey Farm’s Prairies & Woodlands
The Northey family farm, formerly a dairy, hog & crop farm, was converted to a prairie of 20 acres and a hardwood woodlot of 30 acres in 1988. The conversion was accomplished with the help of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Several members of the family continue to spend much of their time managing these native plant communities. The family was inspired to “go native” after some family members attended Wild Ones’ seminars in Milwaukee & Madison and heard talks by Lorrie Otto, a founder of Wild Ones. The Northey family has invited Wild Ones members to enjoy a brown-bag lunch on the premises after the tour of their prairies and woodlots
Jul 11, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Eagle Nature Trail with Jean Weedman
Eagle Nature Trail, linking the Eagle Elementary School to the Alice Baker Memorial Public Library, is a community, all-volunteer and educational project that engages students, local organizations, and adults in the creation and maintenance of a walking path, a prairie, a woodland and pond area. With a theme of "Educating and Engaging", the trail's mission is to educate about native plants, prairie ecosystems, pond habitat, native woodlands, and controlling invasives. The trail was the recipient of the 2014 Virginia M. Kline Award for Community-Based Ecological Restoration, an award program that is administered by Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum in collaboration with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Aug 08, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the prairie at the home of Judith Ann & Jim Moldenhauer
The Moldenhauers’ friend, the late Richard Barloga, a well-known naturalist in the Milwaukee area, helped them establish their 2-acre prairie in the fall of 1997. It is a native tall grass prairie that Richard took great delight in, as it looked so natural in their undulating acreage around the home. The Moldenhauers love watching the flowing color changes throughout the year. The prairie is a magnet for birds; hence the name for which they’ve named their property, Birdhaven. They were joyous this last summer when they noticed they had more cream gentian, a state threatened species, blooming in their dry prairie. After our visit to the Moldenhauers, we’ll be visiting a nearby property for a “Help-Me visit” to help identify plants and give landscaping tips to the owners.
Aug 30, 2015 (Sun)
Special Meeting: Hummingbird Banding at Home of Larry & Emily Scheunemann
Sep 05, 2015 (Sat)
Special Meeting: Monarch Tagging at Home of Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Sep 12, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the property of Mary & Peter King
The six acre King property was part of the farm for the Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. It served as a life stock grazing area as well as their garbage dump. When the Kings purchased the property 23 years ago, they removed the cattle guards and monitored the grazed fields. After a burn, they were happy to see Golden Alexander, Rosin weed, Blue -eyed Grass, Prairie Dock and Monarda appear. It has been a very slow process but much of the property is beginning to look like a prairie and the small woodland is no longer dominated with buckthorn and honeysuckle. Mary served as Director of the Geneva Lake Conservancy for several years.
Oct 10, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Prairie at Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
Tallgrass Restoration is a firm specializing in restoring native habitat in the Midwest. Join Chris Kaplan, Project Manager with Tallgrass Restoration, for a guided tour of the 215 acre restored prairie he manages at the Tallgrass Farm in Milton, Wisconsin. The tour will be highlighted by the beautiful fall colors of the prairie with rich reds and bronzes. Visitors will be encouraged to collect native seed along the way for use on their own property so be sure to come prepared with bags, gloves and pruning shears.
Nov 14, 2015 (Sat)
Exploring Butterfly and Native Plant Connections
Discover the vital connections between native plants, specific habitats and the butterflies that live in Southeastern Wisconsin. Find out what features all butterflies share in common and those features that make each species unique. The presentation will emphasize butterflies most likely to be attracted to gardens but also touch upon some of the state’s endangered species. This program will be presented by Susan Borkin, Head of Natural Sciences at the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Curator responsible for the Museum’s invertebrate collections and the Puelicher Butterfly Garden.
Aug 12, 2014 (Tue)
Discover the intricate details of our tallgrass prairie plants with Jim Reinartz at the UW-Milw. Field Station, 3095 Blue Goose Rd., Saukville. http://www4.uwm.edu/fieldstation
Sep 09, 2014 (Tue)
"Aster Amble at Arleen's". Tour Arleen Hollenhorst's, yard, W185N8467 Seneca Dr., Menomonee Fall
Oct 15, 2014 (Wed)
“Managing for Migratory Birds” Bill Mueller, Ornithologist, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory, Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Nov 11, 2014 (Tue)
Members only Annual Seed/Treat Exchange at Duane Mittag & Laura DeBoth's home, W172N7540 Shady Ln. Menomonee Falls. Share native seeds/treats at this fun social event. Members Onl
Meetings are usually the first Saturday of each month 10:00-11:30 a.m. The location depends on what we have scheduled: field trip, speaker or service project. Sometimes we go somewhere for lunch afterwards!
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