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A Message from your WORC Board

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A Very Happy New Wild One’s Year to Members and Friends,  Here’s what your Board has been up to recently: Last fall, we invited a planning consultant, Todd Johnson, to help us better understand the needs and desires of our members and prioritize our work. Over two detailed planning sessions, we identified several activities we… Read more »

Native Plants and Our Changing Planet

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Native Plants and Our Changing Planet A recap of Wild Ones River City Chapter’s Oct 15, 2018 program COMPILED BY RUTH OLDENBURG A group of interested folks gathered to hear a presentations by Meredith Zettlemoyer and Susan Magnoli, both Doctoral students at Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station. Jen Lau at the Lau… Read more »

Restoring Biodiversity to Home Landscapes

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Restoring Biodiversity to Home Landscapes With Ranger Steve Mueller of Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, Cedar Springs BY WORC MEMBER AMANDA WELSH On Monday, September 17, ecologist and “butterfly guy” Ranger Steve Mueller addressed the crowd with simple but impactful ways to increase biodiversity and create our own backyard sanctuaries. A local treasure, Steve shared his… Read more »

Life in the Garden with Native Plants

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Life in the Garden with Native Plants BY MARTI MACARTHUR, WORC VICE PRESIDENT Published in the Sept-Oct edition of Eastown Access How is your garden growing this year? Are you seeing a variety of bees and butterflies coming to your flowers and lingering as they seek the nectar and pollen they need for their survival? Are you… Read more »

Reconciliation Ecology: A New Paradigm

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River City Wild Ones April 16 meeting recap by Amanda Welsh, RCWO Communication Committee member Reconciliation Ecology: A New Paradigm for Encouraging Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Ecosystems Dr. David Warners Biology Department, Calvin College Co-Director Plaster Creek Stewards A New Paradigm Did you know you’re part of a new, emerging paradigm? A paradigm is a way… Read more »

Sharing National Wild Ones Forum

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National Wild Ones would like us to share their Forum information with our members. To download the PDF version click the link below: 2018-04 National Chapter Forum   National & Chapter Forum  April 13, 2018 INTRODUCTION  It’s Friday the 13th, but there’s nothing scary about this issue of the Forum—we have lots of good news… Read more »

Emma Cole – Grand Rapids Flora Pioneer

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March 19, 2018  RCWO Meeting Recap Where have all the Flowers Gone? Rediscovering Emma Cole’s 19th-Century Grand Rapids Flora River City Wild Ones was treated to a fascinating presentation by Julie Stivers, Author, and Dr. Garrett Crow, Visiting Scholar, Calvin College. Julie Stivers spoke first, giving a history of Emma Cole’s life. Emma was born… Read more »