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Plucking Seeds for Pollinators and Project Wingspan

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Pre-dawn on Oct. 6, WOK members Marcia Goodrich (me) and Valorie Troesch packed Marcia’s Honda Fit with the requisite food, water, garden clippers and bug dope and launched ourselves southwest at the barely tolerable hour of 8 a.m. Two chatty hours later, after missing two turnoffs and getting well-meaning-but-not-all-together-helpful directions from a very nice guy… Read more »

Native Plants among the Turnips and Tomatoes

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Keweenaw Wild Ones made appearances this summer at both the Houghton and Hancock farmers’ markets. While we sold a few plants—maybe $100 worth—the best part was connecting with members of the community who were unfamiliar with natives and our organization. Valorie Troesch, Kristine Bradof, Karen Cayce, Kathe Salmi and me (Marcia Goodrich) staffed the tables…. Read more »

WOK Donates Native Plants to Houghton High

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Micaela Geborkoff, left, president of the Houghton County 4-H Service Club at Houghton High School, receives a flat of native plants from Marcia Goodrich, president of the Keweenaw Wild Ones. Micaela is the daughter of environmental science teacher Sarah Geborkoff, whose students are working with the 4-H Club to install a new pollinator garden at… Read more »

Volunteer for Project Wingspan to Help Bees and Monarchs

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Project Wingspan is a three-year, landscape-scale project designed to increase monarch and rusty patched bumble bee habitat. Locally, the Keweenaw Wild Ones are partnering with Project Wingspan to help gather seeds from native plants in the Ottawa National Forest. Those seeds will be used to increase the quality, quantity, and connectivity of pollinator habitat across… Read more »

UPEC-funded Hancock Planting Featured in Mining Gazette

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Work by volunteers from the Keweenaw Wild Ones and the Hancock Beautification Group was featured in an Aug. 13, 2021, article by staff writer Chris Jaehnig. Jaehnig visited volunteers as they weeded along Tezcuco Street, in the block just north of Porvoo Park. The planting was funded by a $1,500 grant from the Upper Peninsula… Read more »

Tall Tales of Tech Trees

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RJ Laverne introduced Michigan Tech’s weirdest tree with an even weirder anecdote from ancient times. The Kentucky coffee tree grows well almost everywhere, but it has a very limited range. Scientists think, says Laverne, that its seeds were once dispersed by seed pod–munching mastodons. Now, with no mastodons to spread it around, the occasional seed… Read more »

Fun and Food Up the Keweenaw

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WOK members Beth Flynn and Christa Walck welcomed chapter members to their homes skirting the west side of the Keweenaw Peninsula July 24 for a Show Me, Help Me visit. Beth has a magnificent fenced-in, deer-proof vegetable garden which is gradually getting shaded by a line of trees. Members encouraged her to plant natives in… Read more »

Native Plant Sale Featured in Daily Mining Gazette

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An article about our 2021 sale, “Keweenaw Wild Ones: Sale, Lesson in Local Plants,” appears in the June 22, 2021, edition of the Daily Mining Gazette. Authored by staff writer Chris Jaehnig, it provides information on the sale and quotes Marcia Goodrich singing the praises of native plants.

A Walk in the Woods with Nancy Leonard

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As the bonds of COVID-19 lessened, Keweenaw Wild Ones and our guests had the great pleasure of accompanying naturalist Nancy Leonard on a ramble May 22 into the Michigan Nature Association’s Keweenaw Shores Sanctuary. Located just across Highway M-26 from Esrey Park, this rocky, winding path meanders through a variety of habitats. Our mission was… Read more »