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 2019 -2020 Calendar

Weds. Sept. 25 – “Putting your Garden to Bed”, presented by Lynn Watson, (chapter member). – Download Notes

As Fall sighs into winter, there are still many things that can be done now, to make next year’s garden happy. Looking over your native plantings, late flowers, seed heads, weeds, erosion/bare ground, and plants grown too large for their garden space are all evident.
What to do? Addressing a yard size garden- within an area @100 feet of your house: I will share what can be done to make next summer a prolific success.
Topics will include:
Mulch :Why? What kind? Weed whack in a trashcan, Neighbor begging, Street Gutter Gold
Perennial care for winter: To chop or not?
Pruning ( don’t do it now)
Shrub transplanting
Planting bulbs, tubers, corms, (Liatris)
Saving seeds
Splitting and planting ‘clumper’ plants
New garden footprint bed making for next year

Weds. October 30 – “New Natives” presented by Clark Christenson, Duluth City Forester

It’s a detailed look at what the City is doing to create a more diverse urban forest. Also the emerald ash bore will be discussed, what the City is doing and what homeowners should be doing.
Bring your labeled seeds for our Native Flower Seed Exchange, before & after the program.

Weds. Nov. 20 – “Natural Nesting Habitat for Bees & native bee biology” presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society.

Weds. – December – no meeting

Weds. Jan. 29 – “Pollinators of the North”, presented by Emily Stone.

The tundra is carpeted with a swirling rainbow wildflowers each summer, but who can brave the elements in order to pollinate them? Cable Natural History Museum Naturalist/Education Director Emily Stone spent the summer of 2018 in Alaska asking herself that very question. From fur-bearing bees to walking butterflies, and flowers who build their own greenhouses, we’ll discover the tricks of the pollination trade.

Emily Stone uses science to tell complex stories in readable, enjoyable ways that are full of wonder for nature, weaving a world of magic for readers. 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 Master’s from the University of Vermont. Emily writes a weekly column called “Natural Connections” for more than 20 local and regional newspapers. She has earned several Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Her second book, Natural Connections 2: Dreaming of an Elfin Skimmer was published in March 2019, and will be available for purchase at the talk. During the summer of 2018, Emily spent four months traveling to and around Alaska—living out of her car—while continuing to write her weekly columns about glaciers, salmon, and alpine flowers.

Weds. Feb. 26 – Every Puddle to the Lake: the St. Louis River Estuary in your backyard! Presented by Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve UW-Madison Division of Extension, Natural Resources Institute

The mouth of the St. Louis River is the largest estuary in the entire Great Lakes and feeds the largest surface of freshwater on earth. Learn more about this incredible feature of our watershed. Discover what we can do to address cumulative effects, the problems that result when impacts like stormwater runoff and legacy pollution combine, and learn more about what we as a community are doing to restore health to the estuary.

Deanna Erickson serves as the Education Coordinator at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. As the Education Coordinator, Deanna plans, implements and evaluates the Reserve education program. This includes the Rivers2Lake Education program, which provides mentoring to teachers in outdoor and place-based education based on Lake Superior, and the Lake Superior Estuarium, an exhibit hall located on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.

Weds. March 25 – Bee House Workshop. *** CANCELLED ***

Margaret West and Lee Hanson (chapter members) will provide precut wood bee houses for members to assemble. Bee house assembly and care will be discussed beforehand.
Supplies/equipment needed and details will be emailed in March.
Information on providing a healthy nesting area will be based on a pdf at https://www.beelab.umn.edu/wild-bees/wild-bees-and-houses

Weds. April 29 – Native Garden Prep, Planting, and Maintenance. Presented by Dan Schutte, owner of Shoreview Natives

This program will cover the basics of preparing a site for native plant installation, planning considerations for the space, and maintenance recommendations for the space. Turf grass lawns, weedy areas, shady spaces, sump pump drainages, alley spaces and “forgotten” nooks on the urban landscape all offer opportunities to establish diverse, natives plant gardens that help to support declining pollinator populations. Native plant gardens also show an increase stormwater infiltration, provide myriad educational opportunities, need less maintenance, and can help with stress reduction in humans (who couldn’t use a little more of that!?!). A brief discussion on the many benefits of native plants will be followed by a general overview on the bullet points of planning, prepping, planting, maintaining a native plant garden.

Dan Schutte is the owner of Shoreview Natives LLC in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and works as an environmental education specialist at a Duluth-area elementary school. He has worked for 15 years on the North Shore in fields of nature resource management, environmental education, and native plant propagation. Dan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay where he worked in the beekeeping program. After his Peace Corps service, he organized a fundraising campaign that included a 4,000 mile bike trip through Patagonia and resulted in the purchase and protection of 220 acres of the interior Atlantic forest of Paraguay.