Nine people braved the weather to heard Joy Turnbull-Dunham (environmental educator) present an overview of the on-going partnership between Hartley Nature Center and our Chapter. Then six different yard certification programs were discussed. Ask for the detailed handout at a future meeting! Our president gave the annual Chapter yearly report, and an election of officers was held. People selected native seeds to take home which were donated by members.
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19
6:30 doors open for socializing, snacking and seed exchange
7:00 Joy or Brett from Hartley will talk a little bit about the Hartley/WO partnership and what all is going on at the nature center to promote native gardens, plants, etc. and controlling invasive species
7:15ish Share information and ideas regarding the various options out there for certifying your yard, e.g., through Wild Ones and Monarch Watch, NWF, etc.
7:40 Annual Chapter Meeting
Re-cap of 2014 activities
Brainstorming re: 2015 program and activity ideas, priorities
Review our Special Opportunities (aka “who might like to help us do ____”?)
WHERE: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth MN
WHO: All members and other interested persons are welcome to attend all or part of the program. no special guest speakers this month, just casual fun.
Twenty-five people listened to Bruce Carlson (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) give an overview of the Field Guide to Native Plant Communities. Once familiar with the guide’s design, he explained how to use this resource to identify plant communities in a specific location/property. Questions and discussion followed concerning survey results, plant succession, etc. Several students attended from a local college environmental education class. People also enjoyed browsing the native seeds donated by members, selecting seeds to take home.
Forty-seven people learned the specific needs of pollinators, dependent on the shape of flowers to accommodate their bodies.
With excellent visuals, Heather Holm explained the characteristics and habitat of bees and other pollinators. The presentation then covered the native flowers best suited to provide the resources necessary to support these pollinators. Lively discussion and book-signing followed, with displays and seed exchanges.
Presentation Title: “What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat.”
Who: Heather Holm, author of the book Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects of Native Plants
When: Wednesday Sept. 24. Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, snacking and talking about native plants, program starts at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited so come early!
Where: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth MN
Twelve people came to explore the trail along the Cloquet River on Sue French’s land (three new people joined the tour). Martha Minchak briefly explained how to use the DNR field guide, distributing checklists to classify forest areas and identify plants as we walked. This rural setting provided an abundance of woodland plants in both upland and flood plain. The pollinator & vegetable gardens, hugel mounds, and greenhouse in the yard all supported production of the CSA farm on-site.
Join us for an evening of exploring with members of Wild Ones, strolling through a Cloquet River property with a DNR guide
WHEN: Wed. August 20 at 6:30 – 7:45 pm
WHERE: Sue French’s property (7807 Industrial Road, Saginaw)
Carpool available – leaving the Rose Garden parking lot at 5:30pm
Driving time is 40-45 minutes from the Rose Garden.
“Our property consists of 13 acres of what was once part of the Northern Boreal Forest but was logged at one time and is now in a state of partial recovery/succession. We are on the Cloquet River and have 600 feet of shoreline, and a large part of the area around our house has been cleared and planted, a bit haphazardly by me, with various native plants and used by an organic farmer that runs a small CSA. Over the last couple years we’ve made some hugel mounds that are in various states of development. All of it needs a sense of direction and a plan. I would love to create a more formal butterfly stopover and do more to support the native bees. And understanding how to aid in the restoration of the forest would be so valuable. What are the plants we lost? How can we go about reestablishing them?”
1. Take Highway 53 North (toward the Range) to Twig (beyond Pike Lake).
2. Turn left at Twig on County Road 7 or Industrial Road. The Grand Lake Community Center will be on your left.
3. Stay on Co. Rd. 7 (it will curve and straighten out) to the stop sign at Highway 33 (four lane Highway).
4. Cross Highway 33 and continue on Co. Rd. 7 or Industrial Rd for another mile and a half or so to our driveway, the last drive on the right before the river (Cloquet River).
If you cross the river you’ve gone too far. There is a small creek before the river that you’ll cross, but you’ll know the river by the bridge with the red metal arches.
Martha Minchak (DNR) will demonstrate how to use the new DNR field guide for a restoration project, while we tour Sue’s land.
RSVP: only reply to this email if you plan to attend, and especially to carpool.
RAIN – light rain w/out lightening will not be cause for postponement; if hazardous weather upends our plans, someone will send an email by 4:00 with a postponement announcement or call Cathy at 218-724-1196.
Questions…contact Cathy Wood, membership chair
Twenty-five people wandered a variety of areas converted to native plantings, especially the prairie boulevard in bloom. Dan Schutte and his wife, Kris, explained the 3-year process of raising plants from seed through to the clearing & planting stages. A surprise was Dan’s monarch house, complete with cocoons; a gift from Kris. Eight new people joined the tour. Several members continued on to weed the Chapter garden at Leif Erickson Park.
The yard tour at John Pastor‘s last week was a great success: perfect weather with 24 people attending.
Tour of John Pastor’s yard.
John explained the front rain/fruit gardens and the backyard veggie gardens.
He discussed plans for the new prairie side yard overlooking Chester Creek.
Mary offered delicious bars and coffee on the porch, then gave a tour of the roof-top garden.