Next Meeting: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Set-up and Social

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm | October Program for Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield


Dwindling Numbers for an Iconic Insect:
A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines

Karen S. Oberhauser, Ph.D.

Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota and Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture

Karen will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations,and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle. She’ll then discuss threats to monarchs, and potential responses to these threats. Because conservation biology must be, at its essence, a science of hope, her focus is on positive changes as well as on the challenges.

Dr. Oberhauser books will be available for sale and signing at the meeting. 


Tuesday, September 15, 2015
6:00 - 6:45 pm | Guided Tour of Wood Lake Nature Center

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm | Kick-off Fall Program for Twin Cities Chapter

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield


Communities Gone Wild: Cultivating Native Landscapes Across the Twin Cities Metro

Take a quick virtual tour with Holley Wlodarczyk, Ph.D., UMN Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, of local community initiatives that install, manage, and encourage native plantings in boulevards and yards, parks and public spaces. Such projects include extensive prairie plantings around public buildings and along park trails, curb-cut rain gardens dotted throughout suburban neighborhoods, “Bee Friendly” city-wide resolutions—these are just a few of the ways that native plants are being promoted at the community level, demonstrating the beauty and benefits of natural landscaping for private property as well as public land.

Following Holley’s presentation is a panel addressing natural landscape funding, strategies, and challenges. It features representatives from local municipalities that work with the metro governments, watershed districts and community organizations involved in these programs. Panelists include Dave Hanson from Bloomington Public Works and Jim Vaughan, St. Louis Park’s Natural Resources Coordinator.

Dr. Wlodarczyk is a cultural historian who studies suburban architecture and domestic landscapes; her dissertation is titled Somewhere That’s Green: Visions of Sustainable Suburbia. She is currently writing a book about the visual history of Twin Cities suburbanization.
Photo: Dave Hanson, Bloomington Public Works 

All chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm.
Meet at front door between 5:45 and 6:00 for a walk around Wood Lake. 
Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lakeshore Dr, Richfield, MN

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wild Ones Native Plant Garden Tours
South Minneapolis | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

August is a great month to tour native plant gardens, especially those designed to attract butterflies. You'll likely be joined by Monarch butterflies as you tour three private gardens and two public gardens in Minneapolis'  Kingfield and East Harriet neighborhoods. Tour guides will be at each site during the specified time.

Tour 1 | 10:00 am to 10:30 am 
Keith Engel's Gardens
4346 Garfield Ave S

Boulevard is mixed native and non-native pollinator-attracting plants. Backyard shady area with shade natives, and side garden with milkweed.

Tour 2 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Kris Martinka's Gardens
4310 Garfield Ave S

Front yard was planted in 2014 with native prairie plants. Boulevard has established natives. Remainder of lot has smaller native areas.
Tour 3 | 11:30 am to Noon 
Clara Barton Open School
4237 Colfax Ave S

With the help of a significant Seeds for Education Grant from Wild Ones, students and parents designed and planted the garden in Spring of 2015 as a learning area and for pollinator support. This native garden is also dedicated as a memorial for a deceased teacher.

Tour 4 | 12:10 pm to 12:30 pm
Marnie Peichel's Garden
4217 Garfield Ave S

Back yard was established as a mini-prairie 10 years ago. Front yard has no grass and includes a brick walkway with a mix of native plants, edibles and an apple tree.

Tour 5 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Royal Grounds Coffee Shop Boulevard Garden
4161 Grand Ave S

This is an evolving native garden garden. Established a number of years ago with mainly non-native plants, it is now about 50% native.

Tour Questions?
All the above tours are free and open to the public. Tour transportation is not provided. Email Jan or Jim Coleman or call and leave a message at 612-293-3833.