Mid-Mitten Chapter will be meeting generally at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Dates and times of meetings will vary. Please go to Mid-Mitten Chapter Calendarwebpages for further information.
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Mar 08, 2015 (Sun)
Michigan Wildflower Association Conference at Kellog Center, East Lansing, MI Mid-Mitten members will be attending. This is a two day conference, but attendance can be for only one day. For further information regarding this conference please visit WAM's website at www.wildflowersmich.org
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat)
Building a Nesting Box for Native Leafcutter and Mason Bees. In addition to the critical services bees provide, they bring life and movement to gardens and are fun to watch! MidMitten WO member, Mike LeValley, Education Coordinator for the Isabella Conservation District in Mt. Pleasant, will lead a workshop on the basics of building a bee nesting box. He will discuss different types and we will have handouts on the subject with internet links for more details. The nesting box we build will be used as fundraising items for our chapter; however, if participants want to buy some they will be available for purchase that day. Pictures of the nesting sites can be found on Mike's excellent blog at http://midmichigannatureandscience.blogspot.com/ (see the July 16, 2014 entry). This meeting will be held at Chippewa Nature Center's Visitor Woodshop, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI, 11 am-1 pm. Open to the public.
Mar 30, 2015 (Mon)
"The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden" This is Part II of Doug Tallamy's January 2014 presentation: "Creating Healthy, Bio-diverse Neighborhood Corridors." This hour long presentation provides ideas on how to reintroduce habit with corridors in our neighborhoods. After the video refreshments will be served, and a business meeting may be held. This meeting will be held at Chippewa Nature Center's Visitor Center 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI, 6:30-8:00 pm. Open to the public.
Apr 13, 2015 (Mon)
Designing Your Landscape With Native Plants Workshop at Chippewa Nature Center Native plant species including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, vines and ferns are beneficial additions to your existing yard or to new developments. Learn how to create a landscape design for a portion or all of your property in this hands-on workshop. Martha Holzheuer Landscape Ecologist with Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. will introduce you to designing with natives. Luba Sitar, Community Education Manager at ITC Holdings will discuss species for compatible plantings near utility lines. Many of the plants recommended will be available at CNNC's Native Plant Sale May 28-30. The workshop capacity is 20/5 participants. Register as a CNC member to receive a discount. 6:30-8:30 $20
Apr 25, 2015 (Sat)
Earth Day Celebration at Chippewa Nature Center Mid-Mitten Chapter members will be assisting beginning at 10 a.m
May 11, 2015 (Mon)
Invasive Species Control and Walk at Averill Preserves Wild Ones members (and friends) are invited to explore the Little Forks Conservancy's invasive species management at the Averill Preserve in Sanford, Michigan at 6:30 p.m.; we will look at control technologies as well as some of the Conservancy's native planting area. For several years the Conservancy's volunteers have been tackling autumn olive and spotted knapweed among other non-native plants. Directions: Averill Preserves. East Saginaw Road, Sanford, MI 48657. From Midland, take North Saginaw Road towards Sanford. Follow North Saginaw Road approximately 5 miles to Wackerly Road. Turn left onto Wackerly Road. The Averill Preserve is immediately on the left
May 29, 2015 (Fri)
Chippewa Nature Center Native Plant Sale, May 29-31 Mid-Mitten Chapter members will be assisting and will have a display booth
Jun 08, 2015 (Mon)
Little Forks Nature Preserve/Invasive Species Identification to be announced. Conservation@Home Program Introduction and Landowner Check List.
Jul 11, 2015 (Sat)
Michigan State University Horticulture Garden: The Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden The collections and displays are always evolving in the Judith DeLapa Perennial Gardens in Lansing. In 2010 MSU installed a large bed the Director dubbed "Nearly Native", since most of the plants are true Michigan natives, or cultivars derived from true native species. In 2011, with the help and design of local designer, Dan Crow, they installed a large bed. The rest of the beds display the constantly changing textures, colors and moods of landscape perennials. This event will be held at Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, South Campus of MSU, Bogue Street and Service Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Time to be announced.
Aug 10, 2015 (Mon)
Mt. Pleasant Area Native Plant Garden Walk: 3 Schools and a Museum Mid-Mitten Wild Ones member, Mike LeValley, has recently certified two schoolyard habitats through Wild Ones as Native Plant Butterfly Gardens: http//www.wildones, org/learn/wild-for-monarchs/wild-ones-butterfly-garden-recognition-program/. This is a fairly new certification program, but surprisingly these were only the 27th and 28th gardens in the country to be certified. Certifying provides a lovely sign to display and your cost for certifying the garden goes to Wild Ones. Mike will guide us to each of the gardens in Mt. Pleasant where we can see how incorporating native plant gardens into public areas increases public awareness of the beauty and usefulness of pollinator habitats. We will meet at 6 pm at the first garden located at Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, 5093 East Remus Rd. in Mt. Pleasant. This event is open to the public./B>
Sep 14, 2015 (Mon)
The Value of Trees: A Tree Walk with Martha Holzheuer We will walk with Martha in a yet to be determined area, to learn about our native Michigan trees. In addition to their beauty, we will learn about the many ways trees contribute to our world, including how trees sequester carbon. Details will follow
Oct 12, 2015 (Mon)
Plant and Seed Exchange at member Janet Sage's Home. Bring your own native plants and/or seeds to exchange with other Wild Ones members at Janet's home located in Freeland. In addition to a potluck meal and exchange of seeds and plants we will explore Jan's landscape transformation to more native plants. 5:30 pm potluck and seed exchange 6:30 pm. For address and directions please contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 09, 2015 (Mon)
Potluck, Annual Meeting and Election of 2016 Officers, Chippewa Nature Center ,Midland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to get ready. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. in classroom 3. Annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. with reports and photos of 2015 activities. old business election of officers, and ideas for next year's programs.