Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
Tiger Swallowtail on Button Bush
We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 unless otherwise noted. (No meeting in December.) The Center is located on the south east corner of Mount Hope Ave. and Aurelius Road, see map at right.
All meetings and field trips are open to the public. We always welcome interested individuals to join us in learning more about Michigan's rich diversity of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Refreshments are usually served.
In the summer months we visit outdoor locations instead of meeting indoors. See our upcoming events on the Wild Ones Red Cedar Chapter Events page!
Make a Home for Native Bees
Mason Bee House
by "poppet with a camera"
April is the time to put out a bee house to help our native bees. Many species of solitary bees nest in hollow plant stems or small holes in dead trees. If you provide a place for them to nest, they will reward you by pollinating your fruit trees and vegetable gardens. For easy directions click here.
Native Garden Design
Photo by JR P
Native gardens can be natural looking or formal in design. It all depends on the plants you choose and how they are arranged. Michigan Audubon has collected several design ideas for sites throughout Michigan. Check them out by following this link.
Mobilize Against Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard will be blooming soon. Spring is the time to pull these invasive plants out by their roots to keep them from taking over our natural areas. The Stewardship Network's Spring Invasive Species Challenge is a fun way to make a difference. Get more information by clicking here.
Studies of plants purchased at national retailers found high levels of neonicotinoid insecticides in flowers normally planted in pollinator gardens. The levels found were high enough to kill bees or impair them. Butterflies and caterpillars are at risk too. Some retailer have marked treated plants with tags but uninformed buyers might consider having no insects a benefit. For more information follow this link.
All the Red Cedar Chapter native plant sale stock is pesticide free!