Posts By: Ruth

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: 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 »

Member Survey is Online!

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If you didn’t fill our a Member Survey at the April 17th meeting, please take the opportunity now by using Survey Monkey. Members only, please! Please click on this link below to go directly to the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWHZM9B

Restoring Lake Michigan Coastal Ecosystems

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By Betsy Ford Maine On March 20, 2017 River City Wild Ones were treated to a presentation by Shaun Howard of the Nature Conservancy. Shaun earned his B.S. in Zoology from the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2010, Shaun joined The Nature Conservancy. He is currently the Eastern Lake… Read more »

RCWO Members invited to Odybrook Nature Santuary

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Three Opportunities for RWCO Members to Tour  Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary 13010 Northland Dr., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 Meet in the parking lot at V&V Nursery across the road Ranger Steve has invited the River City Wild Ones to visit the sanctuary on the following dates:  Monday, May 1 • 6:30 pm with Rockford Garden Club Saturday, May 6 • 8… Read more »

Experience Kent County Parks and Michigan Trails

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By Nancy Bedell, March 4, 2017 River City Wild Ones programs this year began with the February meeting, a introduction to lesser known Kent County Parks by Kate Meyer, Executive Director of the Kent County Parks Foundation, and Jim Bradley, Vice President of West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, highlighting history and… Read more »

Pollinators Small & Mighty!

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Check out our RCWO Events drop down menu for Community Events listings. Going Native: Pollinators Small & Mighty Wednesday, March 1 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM Founders Brewing Hosted by: Native Edge, LLC For more information click here.  

Michigan, A Mittenful of Riches

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By Marty Arnold, November 30 On November 21, Dr. Mary Jane Dockery, founder of the Blandford Nature Center, talked to RCWO members and guests about the “four chapters” in the story of Michigan’s geologic history. It was an interesting and informative presentation, punctuated by Mary Jane’s humor! The first chapter was marked by violent volcanic… Read more »