Spruce Budworm and Northern Minnesota Forest Ecology with Beth Peterson, Wed Oct 25

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Learn about Spruce Budworm and Northern Minnesota Forest Ecology

Spruce budworm is a native forest pest of spruce and balsam fir trees. It has a long history in Minnesota and the latest outbreak spans from the north shore to Brinson. This presentation will go over some of the frequently asked questions, including how to identify the insect, what to expect, and what you can do if you find it on your trees. We will also be taking a step back to look at the landscape level impacts of this seemingly destructive pest, including wildfire ecology, forest succession, and the ways humans have changed these relationships, posing new challenges to land managers.

Spruce budworm

Photo credit: Natural Resources Canada

Beth Peterson is a forester for both the North and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). She works with individual landowners, all over the county, to help them manage conservation concerns in their woods. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in forest ecosystem management.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, October 25 –  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program

Seed Collection, Storage, and Planting with Dan Schutte – Wed. September 27

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Learn about Native Seed Collection, Storage, and Planting!

Join us for a seed & shrub exchange followed by an informative presentation by Dan Schutte, owner of Shoreview Natives. Dan will discuss seed collection & storage, propagating native plants using indoor, homemade light systems, and different approaches to site preparation and planting native plugs.

If you are interested in participating in the seed & shrub exchange, please bring your labeled items to share.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, September 27 –  6:30 pm seed/shrub exchange & socialize, 7:00 pm program

Wild Ones Yard Tour – Wednesday, August 23 on Congdon Blvd

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Join fellow members for a Wild Ones Yard Tour of Ken and Nan Greshowak’s two acre forest setting gardens on Lake Superior, which includes: 

  • Organic gardens and rain garden with native plants, shrubs, and trees
  • Fruits (blueberries, grapes, honeyberries, raspberries, red and black currants, and cranberries)
  • Deep bed vegetables that grow in their moist, cool shady property
  • Arbors, gates, and woodland paths throughout their property with limited grass mowing to encourage birds, butterflies, and animals

Date: Wednesday, August 23

Time: 6:30-8 pm (no rain date)

Location: 8723 Congdon Blvd (3 miles from Brighton Beach)

Wild Ones Yard Tour – Wednesday, July 26 near UMD

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Join fellow members for a Wild Ones Yard Tour at the home of Cindy and Jim French. Stop by to see their fruit trees, new greenhouse, vegetable and native flower gardens, and terraced rain gardens!


Date: Wednesday, July 26

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Location: 111 W. Kent Road (near UMD)

Rain Date: Friday, July 28 (same time)

Hawk Ridge Hike with Margie Menzies – Tuesday, June 27

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Hawk Ridge Hike with Margie Menzies

Please join us for an evening hike along beautiful Hawk Ridge on Tuesday, June 27. The hike will be lead by Margie Menzies who is the naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center located up the North Shore in Schroeder, MN.

We will meet at the Hawk Ridge parking area at 6:30 pm and plan to hike for an hour. Parking area is at the top of Hawk Ridge, across from the observation platform.

More about Margie Menzies: One part educator, two parts naturalist, and two parts bird nerd! When Margie is not working as a naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, she is a freelance naturalist and education consultant working on a variety of projects. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages. Margie joined the Hawk Ridge staff as a Naturalist in 2011 and is currently the Public Program Director.

NOTE: Long pants, water, and insect repellent are recommended.

Spruce up our Lakewalk Wild Ones garden! May 24

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Spruce up our Lakewalk Wild Ones garden!

We will be cleaning up the garden, edging, and digging & potting excess plants for the Duluth Garden Flower Plant Sale on Saturday May 27 (our only fundraiser).

Bring hand tools, shovel, work gloves, kneeling pad, bucket, a chair and plastic pots.

No rain date.  Other work dates will be randomly announced during the summer.

When: Wednesday, May 24 –  Garden Maintenance at Wild Ones garden

Where: Leif Erickson Park – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  

NOTE: Refreshments for the snack table are welcome! 

Examining Arrowhead rocks and their plants! – May 2 Meeting

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Ancient Rocks of Minnesota’s Arrowhead, and the Plants that Love Them 

John Green will review the dramatic geological history of the Arrowhead area, with maps and outcrop photos, and then feature some of the interesting common and more unusual plants in the area, especially those that like to grow on the rocks.

John Green is a retired Professor of Geology at UMD, having taught many courses especially Volcanology, Mineralogy, and Environmental geology.  His main area of research has been the bedrock geology of the North Shore area and the Ely area, where he has done extensive geological mapping, trying to uncover clues to this geological history.  Having been a general naturalist all his life, John is always looking at the plants and listening to the birds as he crashes through the woods or examines the lakeshore ledges.
Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Tuesday, May 2 –  6:30 pm refreshments & socialize, 7:00 pm program

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

Loius Levy - Tree and Shrub Pruning

Louis demonstrating different pruning cuts

Loius Levy - Tree and Shrub Pruning

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