Genesee County Native Plant Society

Genesee County Native Plant Society The Genesee County Native Plant Society formerly The Flint River Wild Ones was formed in Jan. 2015 after the FRWO dechartered from the National Wild Ones.

Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014 we are in suspension and in a de-charter process. Members currently of this chapter will be transferred under the national Wild Ones organization And operate under the by-laws of the national Wild Ones organization. Details: www.for-wild.org

Mission: Genesee County Native Plant Society promotes the use of native plants to heal the land and people. We do not promote the use of GMO's or harmful chemicals. We are an informal group responding to a need in our community, please join us and share in the discussion. Post your program and seek the truth.

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4 Ideas For Your Feeder Setup That Deliver Great Bird Photos - The Cornell Lab - By Gerrit Vyn - April 6, 2020
10/10/2020
4 Ideas for Your Feeder Setup That Deliver Great Bird Photos

4 Ideas For Your Feeder Setup That Deliver Great Bird Photos - The Cornell Lab - By Gerrit Vyn - April 6, 2020

One of the best places to work on your photographic skills, capture lots of action, and build a nice portfolio of passerine subjects is right in your own backyard. There are many excellent books and online resources dedicated to bird feeding, so rather than replicate that here, I will focus on thing

Connect with Nature: Join us this fall for “Conservation Talk Tuesdays” webinar series - Bindu Bhakta and Erick Elgin, M...
10/08/2020
Connect with Nature: Join us this fall for “Conservation Talk Tuesdays” webinar series

Connect with Nature: Join us this fall for “Conservation Talk Tuesdays” webinar series - Bindu Bhakta and Erick Elgin, Michigan State University Extension - October 8, 2020 - Michigan Conservation Stewards Program presents six talks that explore Michigan’s beautiful natural resources while looking at the unique cultural perspectives and innovative partnerships needed for successful conservation and restoration.

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program presents six talks that explore Michigan’s beautiful natural resources while looking at the unique cultural perspectives and innovative partnerships needed for successful conservation and restoration.

MSU to host Sustainable Forest Harvesting Virtual Field Day - Justin Whitmore - September 23, 2020 - Michigan State Univ...
10/07/2020
MSU to host Sustainable Forest Harvesting Virtual Field Day

MSU to host Sustainable Forest Harvesting Virtual Field Day - Justin Whitmore - September 23, 2020 - Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch will host a Sustainable Forest Harvesting Virtual Field Day

Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch will host a Sustainable Forest Harvesting Virtual Field Day

Garden health evaluation – Part 1 - Irene Donne, Michigan State University Extension - September 28, 2020 - Assess and r...
09/28/2020
Garden health evaluation – Part 1

Garden health evaluation – Part 1 - Irene Donne, Michigan State University Extension - September 28, 2020 - Assess and record your gardening practices now for greater future success

Assess and record your gardening practices now for greater future success.

Join us for the Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend! - This weekend! - Saturday, September 19 & Sun...
09/17/2020
SPNC 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend

Join us for the Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend! - This weekend! - Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20 - Anywhere in Michigan!

Join the Detroit River Pollinator Project BioBlitz, starting this week - Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent t...
09/15/2020
Join the Detroit River Pollinator Project BioBlitz, starting this week

Join the Detroit River Pollinator Project BioBlitz, starting this week - Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 09/15/2020 11:52 AM EDT

Join the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Belle Isle Conservancy, Detroit Zoological Society, and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. It's easy to participate either by joining an event or m...

From: Seven Ponds Nature CenterSeven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend!Saturday, September 19 & Sunday,...
09/14/2020
Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend! - Seven Ponds Nature Center

From: Seven Ponds Nature Center

Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend!
Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20
Using iNaturalist, submit your animal, plant, and fungi observations made in Michigan this weekend for our BioBlitz. How many organisms can we document in Michigan over the course of the weekend? All you need is an iNaturalist account – which is free and easy to set up – and a smartphone with a camera. Fun for the entire family.

See our event page for more information.
Ready, set, GO BIOBLITZ!
https://sevenponds.org/3047-2/

Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend! WHEN: Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2020 WHERE: Anywhere in the great state of Michigan WHAT: Observe animals, plants, and fungi (including lichens) HOW: …

From: Seven Ponds Nature CenterSunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PMLet’s take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty o...
09/14/2020

From: Seven Ponds Nature Center

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Let’s take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty of change during this wonderful time of year! We will be meeting at the Nature Center but driving separately to Jonathan Woods so that we may be physically distant. Please pre-register online for this family program.
https://sevenponds.org/spring-programs-2020/

Jonathan Woods Walk
Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM
Let’s take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty of change during this wonderful time of year! We will be meeting at the Nature Center but driving separately to Jonathan Woods so that we may be physically distant. Please pre-register online for this family program.
https://sevenponds.org/spring-programs-2020/

News release: Michigan nets $1.9 million EPA grant for lead testing of school drinking waterMichigan Department of Envir...
09/13/2020
News release: Michigan nets $1.9 million EPA grant for lead testing of school drinking water

News release: Michigan nets $1.9 million EPA grant for lead testing of school drinking water
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy sent this bulletin at 09/08/2020 03:22 PM EDT

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced today that it has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead testing of drinking water at schools and child care facilities across the state.

Check out: Integrated Pest Management - Michigan State University - Natural Enemies at this link: https://www.canr.msu.e...
09/08/2020
Natural Enemies

Check out: Integrated Pest Management - Michigan State University - Natural Enemies at this link: https://www.canr.msu.edu/ipm/biocontrol/

The IPM Program collaborates with faculty and Extension educators to develop diverse information serving growers of many crops, the landscape/turf “green” industry, and those looking for home and garden pest solutions.

Interesting article from the Garden Professors:While this article is about the illegal use of artificial turf, the lesso...
09/07/2020
Rubber debris litters miles of Puyallup River after artificial turf was used in dam project without permit

Interesting article from the Garden Professors:

While this article is about the illegal use of artificial turf, the lessons behind it are well worth considering. Crumb rubber, and rubber mulch, are pollution-causing materials and should not be part of your gardens or landscapes. I've linked a fact sheet to read about these materials more. https://pubs.extension.wsu.edu/rubber-mulch-use-in-home-landscapes-home-garden-series

Operators of the Electron Dam used rolls of old artificial turf as a liner in a retrofit to the dam. They have broken up and drifted downriver, just as salmon are coming back to Puget Sound.

Butterflies and moths on the Internet - Duke Elsner, Michigan State University Extension - August 27, 2010 - Editor’s no...
09/06/2020
Butterflies and moths on the Internet

Butterflies and moths on the Internet - Duke Elsner, Michigan State University Extension - August 27, 2010 - Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included. The Internet is loaded with sites that provide information on moths and butterflies. The great challenge in using these sites is picking out the good ones with accurate and useful information. I’ve been exploring these for some time now, and here are my favorites for help with the identification of butterflies and moths:

Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.

Wildflowers and native plants: What’s the difference? - Gretchen Voyle, Michigan State University Extension - February 8...
09/04/2020
Wildflowers and native plants: What’s the difference?

Wildflowers and native plants: What’s the difference? - Gretchen Voyle, Michigan State University Extension - February 8, 2013 - Know what you are buying because wildflowers and native plants are not the same things.

Know what you are buying, because wildflowers and native plants are not the same thing.

In Oklahoma, it's goldenrod, aster, lespedeza, coreopsis, blazing star, and maximilian sunflower (to name a few). What w...
09/04/2020
Autumn Roadside Wildflowers

In Oklahoma, it's goldenrod, aster, lespedeza, coreopsis, blazing star, and maximilian sunflower (to name a few). What wildflowers do you see in autumn? -CK
https://hgic.clemson.edu/autumn-roadside-wildflowers/

When traveling the backroads in Upstate South Carolina during autumn, I find the number of colorful, roadside wildflowers quite amazing. Many species are...

Planning a trip to see fall colors in the state? Here's when they're expected to peak.
09/04/2020
Here's when fall colors are expected to peak in Michigan

Planning a trip to see fall colors in the state? Here's when they're expected to peak.

The calendar turned to September just a few days ago and many people now have their eyes on the trees as Michigan's fall colors will slowly begin to arrive.

FYI - For those interested!!Plan It Native 2020 online native plant conference features regional and national expert spe...
09/04/2020
Homepage – Plan It Native

FYI - For those interested!!

Plan It Native 2020 online native plant conference features regional and national expert speakers, robust networking opportunities, and a buzzing virtual exhibit hall.

Native landscapes are essential for a healthy planet. The 2020 Plan It Native Landscapes Conference, hosted by Deep Roots and its partners, will offer expert speakers, exceptional field trips, and opportunities to connect with like-minded people. September 17 & 18, 2020.

Mid-Mitten chapter members recently toured the rain gardens and new meadows at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland....
09/04/2020

Mid-Mitten chapter members recently toured the rain gardens and new meadows at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland. Chuck Martin, senior horticulturist, and grounds manager explained to us the landscape plan and led us around to see the many varieties. He is predominately using native Michigan species in these new gardens and they are growing quite well. Those that were planted 2 or 3 years ago are established and spreading, while you can compare them to the newer meadows with the plugs recently put in. Take a look the next time you visit Whiting Forest! ...Jeanne Henderson

Mid-Mitten chapter members recently toured the rain gardens and new meadows at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland. Chuck Martin, senior horticulturist and grounds manager, explained to us the landscape plan and led us around to see the many varieties. He is predominately using native Michigan species in these new gardens and they are growing quite well. Those that were planted 2 or 3 years ago are established and spreading, while you can compare them to the newer meadows with the plugs recently put in. Take a look the next time you visit Whiting Forest! ...Jeanne Henderson

From: Dahlia Hill SocietyEnjoy a free land-art tour amidst the extraordinary display of dahlia blooms. Learn the history...
09/03/2020

From: Dahlia Hill Society

Enjoy a free land-art tour amidst the extraordinary display of dahlia blooms. Learn the history of the Dahlia Hill Society, dahlia facts, and growing tips.
30-minute tour. Limit 10 people for physical distance. Email [email protected], or call 989-631-0100, to reserve a tour date/time.
Masks required inside buildings. Keep an eye on our social media for tour cancellations/updates due to inclement weather.

Enjoy a free land-art tour amidst the extraordinary display of dahlia blooms. Learn the history of the Dahlia Hill Society, dahlia facts and growing tips.

30 minute tour. Limit 10 people for physical distance. Email [email protected], or call 989-631-0100, to reserve a tour date/time.

Masks required inside buildings. Keep an eye on our social media for tour cancellations/updates due to inclement weather.

REMINDER!! - For those interested!!12 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020A believer in showing everyone kindness, Ruth Mot...
09/03/2020
Virtual Lunch & Learn: Floral Design

REMINDER!! - For those interested!!

12 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020

A believer in showing everyone kindness, Ruth Mott gladly shared Applewood flowers and floral arrangements with friends, family members, and the larger Flint community. In this webinar, Ruth Mott Foundation Floriculturist Ila Kelley will share stories of working directly with Ruth Mott to create and share floral arrangements and will demonstrate the basics of floral arranging for participants. Bring your questions for the Q&A portion. Ticket/Registration is free, and participants must register to get the Zoom link to attend.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y-d-escUT_WVAdc3GgtlyQ

A believer in showing everyone kindness, Ruth Mott gladly shared Applewood flowers and floral arrangements with friends, family members, and the larger Flint community. In this webinar, Ruth Mott Foundation Floriculturist Ila Kelley will share stories of working directly with Ruth Mott to create and...

The secret weapon to stop invasive honeysuckle: Satellites - Bane of gardeners and foresters alike, Amur honeysuckle can...
09/02/2020
Secret weapon to stop invasive honeysuckle: Satellites: Bane of gardeners and foresters alike, Amur honeysuckle can be identified from space

The secret weapon to stop invasive honeysuckle: Satellites - Bane of gardeners and foresters alike, Amur honeysuckle can be identified from space

Date: August 31, 2020

Source: University of Cincinnati

Summary: Researchers found that satellite imagery can identify non-native and invasive Amur honeysuckle, an ornamental shrub introduced from Asia that has spread in forests across much of the United States

Researchers found that satellite imagery can identify non-native and invasive Amur honeysuckle, an ornamental shrub introduced from Asia that has spread in forests across much of the United States.

Paddlers! Become an ally in the fight against aquatic invasive speciesMary Bohling, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State U...
09/02/2020
Paddlers! Become an ally in the fight against aquatic invasive species

Paddlers! Become an ally in the fight against aquatic invasive species
Mary Bohling, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension - September 2, 2020 - Learn how to identify and report invasive species through a new FREE online, self-paced course.

Learn how to identify and report invasive species through a new FREE online, self-paced course.

Invasive European frog-bit found in Mid-Michigan - Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 09/01/...
09/01/2020
Invasive European frog-bit found in Mid-Michigan

Invasive European frog-bit found in Mid-Michigan - Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 09/01/2020 01:23 PM EDT

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy recently confirmed the presence of European frog-bit, an aquatic invasive plant, in four lakes within the Waterloo Recreation Area in Jackson and Washtenaw counties and one impoundment in the Dansville State Game Area in Ingham County.

MSU to host Solar Pollinator Habitat webinar series - Justin Whitmore - August 21, 2020 - Events will focus on establish...
08/28/2020
MSU to host Solar Pollinator Habitat webinar series

MSU to host Solar Pollinator Habitat webinar series - Justin Whitmore - August 21, 2020 - Events will focus on establishing and maintaining a solar pollinator habitat

Events will focus on establishing and maintaining a solar pollinator habitat

Blue-green algae - Rob Wiener, Michigan State University Extension - August 19, 2020 - What it is and what you need to k...
08/19/2020
Blue-green algae

Blue-green algae - Rob Wiener, Michigan State University Extension - August 19, 2020 - What it is and what you need to know to keep you (and your pets) safe.

What it is and what you need to know to keep you (and your pets) safe.

ABJ Extra-August 18, 2020 - 'No change in insect population sizes': Massive North American study challenges 'insect apoc...
08/18/2020
American Bee Journal

ABJ Extra-August 18, 2020 - 'No change in insect population sizes': Massive North American study challenges 'insect apocalypse' claims - https://mailchi.mp/dadant.com/august-13-2020-no-change-in-insect-population-sizes-massive-north-american-study-challenges-insect-apocalypse-claims?e=a26eca7b18

ABJ Extra-August 18, 2020 - 'No change in insect population sizes': Massive North American study challenges 'insect apocalypse' claims - https://mailchi.mp/dadant.com/august-13-2020-no-change-in-insect-population-sizes-massive-north-american-study-challenges-insect-apocalypse-claims

From: Monarch Joint VentureWant to get more involved in monarch conservation and community science? Join us for a virtua...
08/14/2020

From: Monarch Joint Venture

Want to get more involved in monarch conservation and community science? Join us for a virtual Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) training on Saturday, August 29th! This session will be relevant for both newcomers and returning volunteers. Learn more and register: bit.ly/MLMPVirtualTraining

Want to get more involved in monarch conservation and community science? Join us for a virtual Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) training on Saturday, August 29th! This session will be relevant for both newcomers and returning volunteers. Learn more and register: bit.ly/MLMPVirtualTraining

Great Read!! - ;-)A Deep-Rooted Prairie Myth - The Prairie Ecologist - Chris Helzer
08/13/2020
A Deep-Rooted Prairie Myth

Great Read!! - ;-)

A Deep-Rooted Prairie Myth - The Prairie Ecologist - Chris Helzer

Anyone familiar with prairies has likely seen drawings and photographs showing the incredibly deep root systems of prairie grasses and other grassland plants. The prairie ecologist J.E. Weaver, in…

08/11/2020
CATCH THE BUZZ – 94% of Wild Bee and Plant Species…. | Bee Culture

AUGUST 11, 2020 - CATCH THE BUZZ – 94% OF WILD BEE AND PLANT SPECIES…Bee Culture

August 11, 2020 CATCH THE BUZZ – 94% of Wild Bee and Plant Species…. About 94% of wild bee and native plant species networks lost, study finds By: York University Credit: Lilla Frerichs/public domain Climate change and an increase in disturbed bee habitats from expanding agriculture and developm...

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Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014 we are gathering in this space to promote the use of Native Plants in landscapes wild and maintained to help restore the eco system and to maintain healthy environments for people.

We were once part of a National Organization called Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and we were the Flint River chapter which is now de-chartered. Our numbers just grew too small but we still favor and support the movement and the National Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, ltd. Details: www.for-wild.org

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Saturday in Davison! Please invite your friends, wear masks and respect social distancing guidelines! Hope to see you there! #GrowSomethingBeautiful
Please join us in our new group 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/229731718041473/
Two opportunities to pick up some native plants this week! Saturday, August 3rd from 10 am -2 pm, we will be with the Flushing Township Nature Park staff at the Flushing Township Hall! 50% of proceeds go to our host organization!
Two opportunities to pick up some native plants this week! Thursday, August 1st from 5-8 pm, we will be with the Fenton City Beautification Committee at the Fenton Farmer's Market! 50% of proceeds go to our host organization!
Davison Farmers Market - Saturday, June 23 and June 30! :-)