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August 2021 Program Recap

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AUGUST PROGRAM RECAP Compiled by Ruth Oldenburg Invasive Species Action: Best Practices to Protect Michigan’s Native Flora & Fauna from Intruders, presented by Jessie Schulte, District Manager, Kent Conservation District Wild Ones and friends gathered behind Greenwood Cemetery on Leonard NW to hear Jessie Schulte and her Strike Team crew talk about invasive plants and see… Read more »

Ranger Steves’ Nature Niche: Parasites and Parasitoids

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RANGER STEVES’ NATURE NICHE Parasites and Parasitoids By Ranger Steve Mueller We have heard much about ticks this year. Fortunately, I have encountered few. The concern is not specifically the tick but they can be quite annoying. They often move to trails where they stand on vegetation and grab onto whatever passes by. They cling… Read more »

Natives to Know: Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

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NATIVES TO KNOW Indian Grass – Sorghastrum nutans By Joyce Tuharsky, WORC Secretary Autumn is approaching, and now is good time to consider how native grasses can add color and interest to your garden. Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a showy native perennial that grows 3-7 feet tall and is noted for its upright form and… Read more »

Natives to Know: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

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NATIVES TO KNOW Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis By Linda Shuster, WORC member Wild Columbine is also known as Eastern Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine, Canadian Columbine, and Wild Red Columbine. It is an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The genus name, Aquilegia, is said to be derived from the Latin… Read more »