Monthly Archives:: May 2017

New Plans and Animal Tales

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By Sue Bouchard RCWO’s meeting in May was led by Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager of Calvin Colleges Ecosystem Preserve. The weather was perfect for a walk through the grounds. RCWO members had an educational and fun tour of the Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) property. Before starting our outside tour, Jeanette provided the history of the… Read more »

Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference: Oct. 9 – 11, 2017

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Registration is now open for the  Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference October 9–11, 2017 • Park Place Hotel • Traverse City, MI Optional Tours to Grand Traverse Butterfly House, Botanic Gardens and Winery Tour For details and registration visit: http://mailchi.mp/d44beca6669c/registration-for-protecting-pollinators-in-urban-landscapes-conference-is-now-open?e=04a03de447  

Controlling Invasives with Insects!

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At our April meeting at Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve we learned about the latest research on insects and other biological agents controlling the spread of invasives. Dr. Doug Landis, Professor of Entomology at Michigan State University spoke about three dreaded invasive plants— purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, and garlic mustard. We learned: All organisms have natural enemies that limit their abundance. In their native region many… Read more »