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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 »

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 »

Community Starts in Your Own Back Yard

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Our October meeting was held at Roselle Park Resource Center in Ada. It was the first time we had used this facility. Ada Park’s director, Mark Fitzpatrick, was there to greet us and give us an overview of this beautiful venue with its green roof and reclaimed barn siding. Late Spring our own RCWO members… Read more »

What is that fungus among us?

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For those who were able to attend our program last year about mushrooms, you will remember what a pleasure it was to hear Nicole Mathias speak and see all of her interesting specimens. If you missed it or just want to learn more, here is your chance. Mushroom Identification Field Trip at Dolan Natural Area… Read more »

More Seed Collection

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If you enjoyed learning about seed collecting and cleaning at the Prairie Wolf Park event or, if you missed the event, we have a deal for you! The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is continuing its prairie restoration project at the Saul Lake Bog Preserve. There are two upcoming dates set for seed collection before… Read more »