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Natives to Know: Eastern Red Cedar

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  NATIVES TO KNOW Eastern Red Cedar – Juniperus virginiana Compiled by Joyce Tuharsky The Eastern Red Cedar is not a true cedar. It is a juniper, and the most widely distributed native conifer east of the U.S. Rockies. It also occurs in Oregon. Other common names for this tree include: Virginia juniper, Eastern juniper… Read more »

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche – Essential Oils and Plant Defenses

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Essential Oils and Plant Defenses People use essential oils in aroma therapy, for relaxation, muscle soreness, and possibly other things. ‘Essence’ is the key word and it is not essential in the sense that it has value like found in some chemicals for body functions like iron, iodine, and potassium. Website articles touch on essential… Read more »

More Bitter Than Sweet: The Invasive Vine That is Taking Over Kent County’s Healthy Forests and “Villages”

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More Bitter Than Sweet: The Invasive Vine That is Taking Over Kent County’s Healthy Forests and “Villages” by Rebecca Marquardt, WORC Program Co-Chair This past fall it was hard not to see the lemony-yellow leaved vine climbing up so many of the Oak and Hickory trees for which much of Kent County is known. Celastrus orbiculatus, otherwise known… Read more »

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Predictable Harvester

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Predictable Harvester   By Ranger Steve Mueller, 11/220 Animals have mysterious routines we know little about to keep their bodies and minds fit. From early to late afternoon the Harvester visits selected roosting locations In warm seasons. It is a small butterfly with brown and tan undersides of wings that are visible when it stands on… Read more »

A PLEASANT EVENING AT WITTENBACH WEGE CENTER

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September 2020 Program Recap A PLEASANT EVENING AT WITTENBACH WEGE CENTER Masked Wild Ones and friends gathered for our first in–person meeting since February. The weather was perfect to be outside on the back deck to listen to Courtney Cheers, the Wittenbach Wege Center (WWC) director. Courtney was introduced by Rebecca Marquardt, one of the… Read more »