Spring Wildflower Walk at Ody Brook Nature Santuary

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Date(s) - Sat May 7, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary


Spring Wildflower Walk
at Ranger Steve’s Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary

May 7 • 10 am

Walk led by Craig Elston with others including Andrew Lidral Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. Many wildflowers should be in bloom including Swamp Saxifrage, which is a 10 on MNFI co-efficient of conservancy.* Large-flowered and nodding trillium will be peaking or just past peak. Narrow-leaved spring beauties and trout lilies that carpet the ground will be fading. Michigan Botanical Club members will be able to share their knowledge of plants and adaptations on this trip.

Park at V&V Landscape Nursery on the west side of the road and north of the bridge. You will be met there at 10:00 a.m. Park by the road and not by the building entrance to leave that area open for customers. Consider browsing and buying plants at the nursery. Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary is located at 13010 Northland Dr., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Ranger Steve is downsizing his library. He is in the final weeks or months of life and now with hospice care. In addition to the wildflower walk, members will have the opportunity to request books.

Directions: From Grand Rapids drive north on US 131 to exit 101 (M-57). Exit and turn east (right), travel about one mile to the traffic signal and turn north (left) onto Northland Drive to Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary. It is located east of the road and back in the woods. It is the first drive south of the small bridge over Little Cedar Creek but park at V&V nursery. One can also drive north on the East Beltline from Grand Rapids to Ody Brook. The road name changes to Northland Drive but it is the same road as the East Beltline (15 miles).

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at [email protected] – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

*Each plant species in a region is assigned a coefficient of conservatism, also known as a C-value, ranging between 0 and 10. A plant species with a higher score (e.g. 10) has a lower tolerance to environmental degradation such as overgrazing or development and therefore is naturally restricted to undisturbed, remnant habitats. Non-native plants are either assigned a C-value of 0 or are excluded from assessments.

The mean C-value is calculated based on an inventory of plants. An area with a native mean C-value of 3.5 or higher likely has “sufficient floristic quality to be of at least marginal natural area quality.” Remnant natural areas with mean C-values of 4.0 or greater are unmitigable.



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