Monarch Butterflies in Mexico – March 29 Presentation

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Join us for a presentation on Sally and Jim Larson’s February visit to the Mexican monarch sanctuaries. They will share their photos and provide information on the status of the population. 

Location: Hartley Nature Center

Time: 6:30 pm refreshments & socialize, 7:00 pm program

Monarch Related Events and News:

Duluth Monarch Buddies meet the last Monday of each month at the Coopertop Church @ 6:30 pm.  Help plan the Duluth Monarch Festival for May 20th, 2017.   “Like” the group on Facebook!

Sat. May 20 – 2nd Annual Duluth Monarch Festival at the Coopertop Church. 10 am – 2 pm.  Adults $5./children free. Drop-in sessions, kids’ activities, information booths, milkweed & pollinator plants, monarch items for sale. Wild Ones will host an informational display/table at this event.  

Xerces Society has named the milkweed as the perennial plant of the year!  Use the link below for more useful information on milkweeds.
Journey North Citizen Science website tracks Spring migration of monarchs, birds, and other animals.      www.learner.org/jnorth/

Weds. February 22 – Tree and Shrub Pruning, Presenter: Louise Levy

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Weds. February 22 –  Tree and Shrub Pruning.  Presenter: Louise Levy

Hartley Nature Center –  6:30 pm refreshments & socialize, 7:00 pm program

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Louis demonstrating different pruning cuts

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Louis sharing a tree feature to the group

Resource provided by Louis:

Table: Flower bud location on deciduous shrubs, vines, and small trees – blooms on “Old Wood” vs. “New Wood” – PDF document

Tree pruning is essential for long-term maintenance. Pruning, when done correctly, can greatly enhance the health, beauty and safety of your trees. When done improperly, however, tree trimming and pruning can jeopardize the long-term health, beauty and safety of your tree.  (taken from:  http://levytreecare.com)

Emerald Ash borer treatments may also be discussed.

Louise Levy is the founder of Levy Tree Care.  She has worked as a graduate research assistant in Oregon and Alaska, served on the City of Duluth citizen Tree Commission, worked at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center, and assisted Duluth with its tree inventory and tree planting program. 

Levy Tree Care is a professional arboriculture company owned and operated by Louise Levy. The company is dedicated to caring for the trees that people love. Based in Duluth, Minnesota, and serving Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin, Levy Tree Care offers pruning, plant health care, planting and consulting services for a diverse clientele including homeowners, businesses, municipalities, developers and institutions.

 

Weds. January 25 – Booktalk, presenter: John Pastor

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Author John Pastor will read from and discuss his new book:  What should a clever moose eat?: Natural history, ecology, and the North woods.

Wild Ones member and UMD professor, John is a keen observer of nature. Come learn to ask natural history questions, and gain a greater understanding of and love for the North Woods and other natural places.

Book review from The Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science:

“It’s a celebration of curiosity. It will make your own walk in the woods a richer experience. And it showcases that a lot of scientific advancement still begins with an open mind, out in nature.”

See more reviews:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-should-a-clever-moose-eat-dr-john-pastor-phd/1121763609?ean=9781610916776#productInfoTabs

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods

Weds. September 28 – Duluth’s Invasive Species and Trails Projects

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Join Wild Ones members to learn what’s happening with our city’s green space!

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Hartley Nature Center – 6:30 pm refreshments & socialize, 7:00 pm program

A timely double-header program: Kevin Malmquist will talk about the “Duluth Invaders” invasive species project in the city.
Judy Gibbs, city trail coordinator, will provide an update on the western waterfront trail and Hartley, other projects and future plans for restoration grants.

Review – Cloquet Yard Tour

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The Wild Ones tour to an amazing Cloquet yard in July offered sunny, wooded, vegetable & fruit gardens; all with water and other hidden features.
Duluth members and gardeners from Virginia and Eveleth enjoyed discussing growing techniques with the owners.

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Native Plant Hike – Minnesota Point Tues, Aug. 30

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Explore MN Point with Wild Ones members!
Tues. August 30 – Field trip on Minnesota Point – 6:30 – 8 PM

If you enjoyed the March presentation by Rebecca Holmstrom (MN DNR biologist), join this hike. Rebecca will guide us through the native plant communities in the natural areas near the tip of MN Point. Meet at the Park Point airport parking lot. Wear hiking shoes and long pants. Bring water. No rain date.

Cloquet Yard Tour – Wed. July 20th

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Wild Ones will be visiting the gardens of Vicki and Terry Anderson in Cloquet. They bought their home in 1976 and have worked in the yard and gardens ever since to conquer challenges and discover unexpected treasures in the three levels of their yard. Vicki claims title as “the plant person” while Terry is “the builder” of fences, retaining walls, and walkways. He was one of the first Master Gardeners in the state of Minnesota! Their yard is filled with many native plants along with window boxes, urns and pots, and other non-native areas. Their gardens have been featured in the July 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Come and enjoy a walk through these lovely gardens in Cloquet.
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Directions to the Anderson’s garden tour:
South on I 35 to Hwy 33. Turn right and go into Cloquet. Turn left on Avenue D.
The address is 406 Avenue D, Cloquet. The property is on the left side. Park along the street, which is a dead-end.

Wish to carpool from the Rose Garden parking lot at 5:45 pm? If interested, please contact Cathy Wood (kcduluth@msn.com)

Mark your calendars for this future meeting/event:
Tues. August 30 – Field trip on Minnesota Point 6:30 – 8 PM
If you enjoyed the March presentation by Rebecca Holmstrom (MN DNR biologist), join this hike. Rebecca will guide us through the native plant communities in the natural areas near the tip of MN Point. Meet at the Park Point airport parking lot. Wear hiking shoes and long pants. No rain date.

Weds. May 25 6:30-8pm Wild Ones Garden at Leif Erickson Park

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Spruce up the native plantings in our community garden and enjoy the lake breezes!

Weds. May 25 – Wild Ones Garden at Leif Erickson Park
(use the walking bridge from London Rd. near 10th Ave. E) Come anytime between 6:30-8:00 PM

This maintenance/meeting will be held outside at our Lakewalk garden. Join other members to learn to identify plants and work in our chapter’s garden. Please bring tools if you can such as a small digging spade, a bucket for weeds, edging shovel, hand pruner and something to kneel on, plus maybe a lawn chair. Dress for the weather. If you wish, bring a snack to share. (no rain date)

Wednesday April 27 – Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators

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Weds. April 27 – Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators.

Hartley Nature Center 6:30 pm socialize, 7:00 pm program
Presenters: Marilyn D. Jones and Julia Vanatta. http://pollinatorrevival.org/

Pesticides have become the quick fix to address various farming and gardening problems. Pollinator Revival co-founders, Marilyn Jones and Julia Vanatta, will share a bit of the history of pesticides along with safer options for pest control. They will also illustrate how we, as gardeners and landscape professionals, can help populations of pollinators and other beneficial insects recover by making simple changes to how we maintain our landscapes.a grassroots initiative to protect pollinators from further decline by educating retailers and stopping the sale or use of pesticides known to be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.
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Julia Vanatta is Co-president of Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones. Also part time clerk at local hardware store where interaction with customers allows her to be a voice of reason, helping gardeners make informed decisions about pesticides. Fascinated with insects since childhood (small town northwest of Bemidji), Julia began researching non-toxic insect control in 2002, which led her to native plants and the need for diversity. Retired art director and semi-retired project manager of old home restoration.

Marilyn Jones is currently Co-President of Wild Ones Twin Cities chapter (native plants, natural landscapes) and co-founder with Julia Vanatta of Pollinator Revival which focuses on reducing toxic pesticide use by home gardeners. Marilyn is a retired teacher and Assistant Superintendent for school finance. She is a MN Master Naturalist having completed the Prairies/Potholes and Big River/BigWoods training sequences, and will be completing the third biome Northwoods/GreatLakes biome in August.
*Spend time with these speakers before the program: Weds. Apr. 27, 5-6:00 pm soup supper at Cathy Wood’s home 3700 E. Superior St.

*Discussion with these speakers: Thurs. Apr. 28, 9-10:00 am At Sarah’s Table/Chester Creek Café (breakfast optional)

**RSVP to this email or to Cathy: 218-724-1196, if you plan to join either meal

Plants of Park Point – Wednesday March 23rd

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Wednesday March 23 – Plants (rare and common) and native plant communities of Park Point/Minnesota Point.
Hartley Nature Center 6:30 pm socialize, 7:00 pm program

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Did you know the Duluth/Superior area hosts one of the world’s largest freshwater baymouth sand bars in the world? Did you know we have a coastal dune system in Minnesota? Come join Rebecca for the evening to learn more about this unique and fascinating place that exists right outside our doorsteps. The focus will be on the plants, both rare and common, and the native plant communities that occur on Minnesota Point.
Rebecca Holmstrom is a plant ecologist and botanist with the Minnesota Biological Survey (Division of Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR). She has also spent several field seasons in the dune system on Minnesota Point researching one of Minnesota’s threatened plant species, American beachgrass. Minnesota Point is one of her favorite places.