Posts Categorized: Monthly Meeting

October 2019 Program Recap

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October Program Recap by Joyce Tuharsky Native Plantings for Winter Birds Presented by Melanie Manion No one is more enthusiastic than Melanie Manion when it comes to using native plants to feed birds during the winter. Melanie, Natural Resources Manager of Ottawa County Parks, says she is a bit lazy when it comes to filling and keeping… Read more »

September Program Recap

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September Program Recap Soil Amendments – Beyond Compost  Presented by Tom Wilkinson, author Tom Wilkinson was concerned that too much organic material was being sent to landfills. He began composting the organic material from his household waste and then improved his compost with red worms, creating a vermicomposting system. He sold his vermicompost at the… Read more »

August 19, 2019 Program Recap 

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August 19, 2019 Program Recap Restoring Native Habitat in an Urban Setting Presented by Justin Heslinga, Stewardship Director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan It was a warm August evening when Wild Ones River City Chapter members and friends met at The Highlands on Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids. There was a great turnout of 60… Read more »

June 17, 2019 Program Recap

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JUNE 17, 2019 PROGRAM RECAP by Ruth Oldenburg, Communication Chair If We Build It They Will Come: Research Results on Prairie Management Presented by Dr. Rob Keys, Professor of Science, Cornerstone University It was an overcast evening, and 16 Wild Ones members made the hour drive to the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Hastings. Enthusiasm… Read more »

“Sustaining Soil Communities” Recap

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“Sustaining Soil Communities” a presentation by Mike Klug Wild Ones River City Chapter – Monday, April 15, 2019 Written by Nancy Bedell Mike was employed by Michigan State University at the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek for his entire career. As a result, he has studied soil because he worked right… Read more »

March 2019 Program Recap

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March Meeting Recap Compiled by Ruth Oldenburg   From the Field: Reflections on the Importance of Public Land Presented by Jesse Lincoln, Michigan Natural Resources Inventory (MNFI) Wild Ones and guests were treated to a presentation by Jesse Lincoln, an ecologist from MNFI on March 18. Jesse reflected on his 3 year old son, “How… Read more »

February 2019 Program Recap

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FEBRUARY 18, 2019 PROGRAM RECAP —by Ruth Oldenburg Trends in Native Plant Production: Reflections on the past, present and future use of native plants in the landscape  Presented by Bill Schneider, owner, Wildtype Native Plant Nursery The Wild Ones River City Chapter members and guests were treated to a very interesting presentation by Bill Schneider… 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 »