?Bringing Nature Home?

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The message Doug Tallamy presents in this dvd version of a live talk he gave to a Wild Ones conference is to preserve biodiversity. We can all contribute to making sustainable landscapes by growing the native plants that are essential to our local food chains and food webs. The ecosystem services provided by natural species… Read more »

Emerald Ash Borer Update

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The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native beetle from Asia that was accidentally introduced to Detroit in 2002. It probably arrived on wood packing material in cargo ships from its native Asia. Because ash trees in North America had no immunity to this insect, many trees have become infested and died. State and federal agencies… Read more »

Building a Bird House

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Mid-Mitten Wild Ones member Randy Kursinsky will be presenting the basics of making birdhouses.? He will discuss different types and pass out handouts on the subject with links to the internet for more details. The birdhouses we build will be used as fundraising items for our chapter, however if participants want to buy some they… Read more »

Designing Your Landscape with Native Plants

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Native plant species including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, and ferns can be added to your existing yard or to new developments. Learn how to create a landscape design for a portion or all of your property, in this hands-on workshop. Martha Holzheuer, Landscape Ecologist with Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., will introduce you to designing… Read more »

Planning and Planting an Herb Garden

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Donna Frawley, our local Midland herb expert, will explain how to plan and plant an herb garden with easy to grow species. She will describe the uses of these herbs, when to harvest them, and how to dry and store the herbs. This meeting is open to the public.?Meeting held at Chippewa Nature Center, 400… Read more »

Water Features and Wildlife

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Jason Erickson of Blue Thumb Aquatics of Saginaw will speak on installing a water feature in your landscape and how it may not only provide beauty and serenity but also enhance the survival of wildlife in your area. Almost any amount of water, whatever the size, will have some wildlife value, even if it is… Read more »

A Residential Native Garden Walk: An Alternative to a Lawn

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Mid-Mitten Wild Ones member Karol Walker will welcome us to a tour of her yard: a native plant and wildflower garden. Karol planned a native plant garden for her yard design as an alternative to a lawn.? We will tour her yard and learn about the plant choices that were made, what worked, and what… Read more »

Growing Your Soil with Composting

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We will watch two short videos about soil improvement and composting, followed by a discussion of tips and techniques; presented by Rob Maxwell, Mid-Mitten Chapter President. Meeting held at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI

Ferns ? Fiddleheads and Fronds

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Learn to recognize ferns as they sprout up as fiddle heads and unfurl their leafy fronds.? Thriving in shady woods, you can grow them in your gardens; presented by Interpretive Naturalist Jeanne Henderson.

Dow Gardens Know and Grow Seminar

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The seminar is held at Bullock Creek High School from 8 am until 3 pm. The Mid-Mitten Chapter has a table display during this seminar. Volunteers are needed to man the table. If you would like to help for a couple of hours please contact Karol Walker at [email protected]