Posts By: Ruth

Report on National Wild Ones Annual Meeting 8-19-17

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By Nancy Bedell, Education Chair, November 20, 2017  As a local chapter of Wild Ones I think we sometimes forget that we are members of a national organization of over 4,000 members , 51 chapters in 13 states with its home office in the state where the organization originated in 1979 in Wisconsin thirty eight years… Read more »

Great Lakes Lifeways Institute Director Explains Native Americans’ Relationship to Plants

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Great Lakes Lifeways Institute Director Explains Native Americans’ Relationship to Plants Monday evening, October 16, 2017 By Marty Arnold Kevin Finney, Executive of the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute, spoke to River City Wild Ones members and guests about how native people of West Michigan (“the Anishinaabe”) used plants. Finney is a cultural historian and educator who specializes in… Read more »

The Buzz on Bees

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The Buzz on Bees  A recap of Heather Holm’s presentation at River City Wild Ones 10th Anniversary Celebration September 18, 2017 By Nancy Bedell, RCWO Education Chair River City Wild Ones and Calvin College Eco-Preserve partnered to celebrate local Wild One’s chapter’s 10th anniversary with a special speaker on September 18, at Calvin’s Covenant Fine… Read more »

Native Plant Garden Tour a Success!

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    It was a very warm night in the native plant garden on Cherry Street, but people of all ages came out to stroll through the garden, talk to experts, and pick up educational material. The bonus was that they were given a free native plant to take home. Visitors also enjoyed a beer… Read more »

Creating Wildlife Habitat Using Native Plants

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Creating Wildlife Habitat Using Native Plants Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 am Presented by RCWO member, Rebecca Marquardt  Location: Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Education Center, 3087 Broadmoor Ave SE (next door to the store). Make your yard even more attractive to wildlife by using plants that are from Michigan! Native plants offer the best… Read more »

The Treasures of Huckleberry Hills

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By Ruth Oldenburg It was an fun and interesting hike in Lowell Township’s “Huckleberry Hills” led by Jesse Lincoln, an ecologist for the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Jesse discovered the property by accident when driving by one day. He noticed many native plants and investigated further to find an Oak barrens. Michigan Natural Features Inventory… Read more »

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:  

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 »