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Zoom talk April 16 Wildflowers of the Keweenaw

Naturalist Alex Graeff will present “‘Interesting’ Flora and Natural Communities of the Keweenaw” at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 16, on Zoom. Everyone is invited. Link to the presentation here. Alex will include a brief description of geological features of the Keweenaw Peninsula that set the stage for some of the region’s natural plant communities. […] Continue reading "Zoom talk April 16 Wildflowers of the Keweenaw"

Jan. 18 talk on migratory birds and native plants

Michigan State University ornithologist Jen Owen will give a Zoom talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, “Health of Migrating Landbirds in the Face of a Changing Landscape: Importance of Native Plants.” In the last 50 years, migratory bird populations have declined by almost 30 percent. Much of that loss can be attributed to habitat […] Continue reading "Jan. 18 talk on migratory birds and native plants"

Get free advice (and maybe $) to make your land management dreams come true

Anne Collins addresses about 30 community members on how NRCS programs can help solve their land management problems. Want to create a meadow, or set up a greenhouse, or grow habitat for the golden-winged warbler? Or maybe you’d like help developing a management plan for a woodlot or getting rid of spotted knapweed? Improve pasture […] Continue reading "Get free advice (and maybe $) to make your land management dreams come true"

A walk in the woods

Keweenaw Wild Ones and friends go for a ramble at the Robert Brown Plant Preserve during the summer solstice, June 21, 2023, the longest day of the year. What we came for! One of many little stands of pink lady’s slippers. We were grateful they were still blooming, since it’s been a very dry June. […] Continue reading "A walk in the woods"

WOK launches “Lawns Into Meadows” community read

A total of 24 local gardeners—all of them interested in adding native plants to their landscape—attended WOK’s first discussion session of Owen Wormser’s “Lawns into Meadows” March 8, based at the Portage Lake District Library. We began with a Zoom meeting at 5:30 p.m., which drew about 16 attendees, plus moderators Marcia Goodrich and Karen […] Continue reading "WOK launches “Lawns Into Meadows” community read"

O Tannenbaum: WOK Decorates for Festival of Trees

When WOK member Rebecca Glotfelty invited us to participate in the Keweenaw Storytelling Center’s Festival of Trees, there was no shortage of willing volunteers. But how to you decorate a tree without relying on all that fancy holiday bling? After all, Wild Ones is all about native plants, birds, and bugs. Shiny stuff? Not so […] Continue reading "O Tannenbaum: WOK Decorates for Festival of Trees"

Test indicates Hancock Beach bioswale protecting Portage Lake from runoff

The Hancock Beach bioswale, maintained in part by the Keweenaw Wild Ones, appears to be doing a great job keeping pollution out of Portage Lake, according to a recent test conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. Completed in 2011, this island of vegetation was built by the City of Hancock to capture runoff from the […] Continue reading "Test indicates Hancock Beach bioswale protecting Portage Lake from runoff"