Next Meeting November 18, 2014

Annual Potluck, Election of Officers, and Presentation

Celebrate our local Wild Ones community by sharing food, electing officers for 2015 and listening to the presentation Working for Water.

Please bring a dish to share. If you can, come early to help set-up or stay late to help clean-up. Looking forward to seeing you at this favorite fall program!

Working For Water
Speaker: Peggy Knapp, Freshwater Society
Non-point source pollution is the single greatest threat to the health of Minnesota’s waters. Everything on city streets flows to our water- bacteria, salt, litter, sediment, fertilizer. Increasingly large volumes of polluted runoff reach our lakes and rivers faster, carrying ever larger pollutant loads, and causing flooding downstream. Reducing urban runoff is a watershed-scale problem that requires a whole-community effort.  In 2012, the Freshwater Society partnered with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District to launch the Master Water Stewards program. Funded by a Clean Water Grant, the Master Water Stewards program recruits, educates and certifies community leaders who work to increase water infiltration on private properties an educate neighbors about practices, and decisions that reduce runoff.  In this presentation, Peggy Knapp will lead an exploration of a variety of ways we can all work for water.

Peggy Knapp is the Director of Programs at the Freshwater Society, where she oversees civic engagement initiatives, including the Master Water Stewards program.

Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)

Next Meeting October 21, 2014

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?!
Speaker: Bonnie Harper-Lore

A song written by Pete Seeger in 1955, was recorded by The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and so many others. In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the Top 20 Political Songs. (Wiki) This was a thought on our minds in the 1970’s when Minnesota’s wildflower movement was in motion! Although no one intended to become political over it, that happened too. A lot has happened both in Minnesota and the Midwest to protect and restore native wildflowers since then. Bonnie will present a timeline filled with photos and sidebars of what she has seen happen. Lots of Minnesotans have worked hard and long to establish us as one of the leaders in the Country.

Bonnie Harper-Lore is a life-long conservationist, educator and author. 

October 21, 2014
Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)

Next Meeting September 16, 2014

Establishing, Growing and Maintaining Native Plants in Shady Areas and on Shorelines
Speaker: Shelley Larson, Hayland Woods Native Nursery

“Nothing grows under my pine trees”  “Grass won’t grow on my shoreline” Explore the use of native plants adapted to areas that can be too shady or wet for many cultivars. Deep rooted natives can stabilize shores and fill those bare spots, provide color and texture, and offer habitat for birds, butterflies, and pollinators.

September 16, 2014
Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)