Chapter Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, September through May at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803, as part of their adult-ed series.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm with socializing at 6:30 pm.

Our 2021 – 2022 Calendar

Tues. Jan. 26 – The Jumping Worm and how you can help!

Presenter: Ryan Hueffmeier, Director of Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center.
7 – 8 pm online Arrowhead Chapter program via Zoom.
Watch for the Zoom link in your upcoming email (Wild Ones members)

Interested “Friends” will need to request the link via [email protected]

Ryan Hueffmeier is a research, outreach, and education specialist with active projects in forest and landscape ecology and invasive species. He is the Program Director at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center in Duluth, MN (http://www.boulderlake.org/), which runs programs for over 4,000 people and has over 10,500 visitors annually. He works towards the transfer of scientific knowledge from evidence based research to the public through creating accessible outreach programs; by delivering experiential based educational opportunities; and incorporating volunteer based public participatory projects. He works with diverse audiences such as teacher and natural resource professional development, preK-12 and the general public. For the past decade Ryan has been part of the Great Lakes Worm Watch (http://greatlakeswormwatch.org) and Jumping worm (https://jwp.cfans.umn.edu/jumping-worms-project) programs and has developed local projects looking at vernal pools, bird populations, invasive species and tree survival.

Thurs. Feb. 25 – Pesky Plant Trackers:

A citizen science project focused on wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed, two non-native plants that cause problems in North America. The project brings together volunteer observers, University of Minnesota researchers, and others to “track” seasonal changes in these plants.
Presenter: Dr. Stephan Carlson, UMN Dept. of Forestry, Co-principal Investigator.
7-8 pm online Arrowhead Chapter program via Zoom.

Weds. March 24 – The Making of Duluth’s 1st Natural Resources Management Program Plan and the status of Land Protection and Restoration projects in the City.

Presenter: Diane Desotelle , Duluth natural resources coordinator.
7 – 8 pm online Arrowhead Chapter program via Zoom.
A quarter of the City of Duluth’s lands are open space and we often think this space is permanently protected with a plan to manage and nurture these lands. This is not entirely the case and so the City applied for and received funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds to advance our work to protect, restore and nurture the City’s natural resources. The project work includes the development of the City’s first ever Natural Resource Management Program Plan (NRMPP). In addition, there are funds to acquire tax forfeit lands for preservation in several areas within the City and to restore forestland designed to enhance bird migration and nesting habitat just above the zoo. This presentation will tell you more about this work and how we hope to establish a natural resource management program that is embraced by the community and our partners by establishing clear goals and strategies for the preservation, restoration and management of the City’s highly valued public lands so we can move forward efficiently to complete projects and monitor our work together.

Weds. April 14 – Nature’s Best Hope.

We are excited to have Douglas Tallamy present via Zoom at 6:30 pm.
Doug is the author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens and Nature’s Best Hope – (available now on Amazon for Kindles for $1.99). He is a founder of the website Homegrown National Park – a grassroots call-to-action to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks.

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can – and must – take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Sponsored by Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Wild Ones – Arrowhead Chapter, W. J. McCabe (Duluth) Chapter – Izaak Walton League of America and others.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two years. Notable books include Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope.

Weds. April 28 – Arrowhead Chapter native plant seed exchange 6:30 pm

Hartley Nature Center parking lot.
Bring your labeled seeds from 2020 and blank envelopes.

Former Hartley Nature Center Program Director Judy Gibbs will lead a hike in Hartley Park following the Plant Exchange.

Dress for the weather. Open to the public. Plant ID markers will be available for $3. each. Social distancing & masks recommended.

Judy Gibbs knows well the ins and outs of both the cultural and natural history of the Park. Judy was joined by 750 volunteers over three years to build the Superior Hiking Trail through Duluth, and is recently retired from working at the City of Duluth. She is actively involved in working on Duluth’s amazing green spaces while being a member of Duluth’s Natural Resource Commission, on the leadership team of the Collaborative Invasive Species Management Area, on the board of the St. Louis River Alliance and a member of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Interstate Council. Judy has co-authored several books about the Superior Hiking Trail, and illustrated Larry Weber’s book “Backyard Almanac: a 365-day Guide to the Plants and Animals in Your Backyard,” whose third edition is due out soon that will also feature photographs by publisher Sparky Stensaas. Judy is currently working on a book about the Duluth portion of the Superior Hiking Trail.

Sat. May 29 – Duluth Flower Garden Society Plant Sale at the Rose Garden parking lot, starting at 8 a.m.

It’s our Arrowhead chapter’s fundraiser: dig, pot & label your plants, and help sell them at our Wild Ones table. Prices will be set when plants arrive. Set up at 7:30 am (rain or shine), pack up approx. 9:30 am. Social distancing & masks recommended.

Weds. July 28 – “Show Me – Help Me” Yard Tour, 6:30 pm.

Chapter members are invited to tour this yard, ask questions & offer suggestions. It’s interesting, fun and provides valuable input for the member/owner. See chapter email for location. Hope to see you there!