Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles and Seasons in a Changing Climate
Join us for an exciting talk by Rebecca Montgomery, an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Occidental College, a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut and was a post-doctoral scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rebecca’s research interests include forest ecology, plant functional ecology, global change biology, phenology and citizen science. She has worked in tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems. Her work has allowed her to travel the globe, highlights of which include: trading flashlights and fishing line for bows and arrows in the Western Amazon, crossing the channel between Molokai and Oahu in an outrigger canoe and harrowing landings on mountain airstrips in Papua New Guinea.
Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods nature through Science and Your Senses
Explore Northwoods nature with a knowledgeable guide. Join naturalist and author Emily Stone on a Northwoods adventure and you’ll soon be captivated by her animated storytelling style and knack for turning any old thing into a shining bit of stardust. Find out what makes rain smell so good, which native flower creates its own trebuchet, which flower is a cheater, and more!
Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. Her childhood spent as a “mud and water daughter” in northeast Iowa led to a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont.
As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers, including the Duluth Reader. She has earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
She loves gardening, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Emily’s first book, Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses, will be available for sale and signing after the talk.
Learn about Lesser Known Shrubs of the Northland
Join us on Wednesday, November 29 for a talk by Gene Schmidt on the lesser known shrubs of the Northland. Gene is the woody plant production manager at Boreal Natives.
Photo credit: Prairie Restoration – Downy arrowood (Viburnum rafinesquianum)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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!
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!