Start in Your Yard 2024

Be part of Start in Your Yard, a three-part Keweenaw Wild Ones initiative to help you get started on your own native plant garden!

Part 3: Keweenaw Wild Ones Read Along

  • The book: “Attacting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife,” by David Mizejewski
  • When: Wednesdays April 10 and 17, 2024. Zoom at 5:30 p.m., in-person at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Portage Lake District Library or Zoom

For April 10: Read Chapter 1, Getting Started. Think about the challenges you will have re-wilding your property and an overall plan to make it more nourishing for wildlife. If we have time, we’ll also discuss Chapter 2, Food.

For April 17: Read the rest of the book, including chapters on water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices. Think about ways you might add these enhancements to your property.

A superb, concise, beautifully illustrated guide on how to invite songbirds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife to your yard by creating the natural habitat these creatures crave. With stunning photography, lists of the best plants to support wildlife, and projects you really can try at home, this is a must-have resource for nature enthusiasts, gardeners, and animal lovers.

All sales support the wildlife conservation programs of the National Wildlife Federation.

Register here for Keweenaw Wild Ones’ book club. Zoom information will be sent to registrants.
You can order copies of “Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife” at a reduced price from Wild Ones. Sales benefit the National Wildlife Foundation.

Part 1: The Talk and Q&A

  • “Why Natives?”
  • When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • Where: Calumet Public–School Library, Calumet, Michigan

Keweenaw Wild Ones president Marcia Goodrich will discuss the value of native plants, focussing on their critical role in America’s ecosystems and the benefits they bring to homeowners and communities. She will include examples of local native gardens, sources for buying native plants, and more.

Part 2: Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium, featuring award-winning author David Mizejewski

David Mizejewski, nationally known author, habitat consultant, and media personality, shares how to create a beautiful garden or landscape that fits into the local ecosystem and supports birds, butterflies, bees and a whole host of other wonderful wildlife neighbors. David will discuss native plants, the four components of habitat and sustainable gardening. He’ll also share how you can achieve the National Wildlife Federation’s “Certified Wildlife Habitat” recognition for your garden space.