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 below.
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 under the Calendar of Events tab!
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 Garlic Mustard Challenge is a fun way to make a difference. Get more information by clicking here.
Make a Home for Native Bees
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.
Plant a Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds return to Michigan this time of year. Putting out feeders filled with homemade nectar (recipe) can help them survive until there are flowers to provide the real thing. Plant a variety of native plants to supply them with flower nectar all season long. Click here for a list of plants they will love.
Music of the Night
Spring Peepers, Chorus Frogs and Wood Frogs can be heard singing in Mid-Michigan ponds and wetlands in early April. The males call to attract mates soon after ice melts in the spring. Growing native plants will attract the insects frogs and toads need to eat. Listen to the sounds they make by clicking here.
Which Native Plants are Blooming this Week?
Information about how insects and other animals utilize these plants comes from www.illinoiswildflowers.info
White Trillium Flower
04-22-15 Trillium is in bloom. There are several species of Trillium with flowers varying from white to red, upright to nodding, and large to small. Their seeds are distributed by ants.
04-22-15 Purple Cress is in bloom. Bees, bee flies, and butterflies visit these fragrant flowers to collect the pollen and nectar.
by Tom Potterfield
04-20-15 Twinleaf is in bloom. These fragile flowers drop their petals at the first bit of wind or rain. Their seeds are dispersed by ants.
Spring Beauty Flowers
04-14-15 Spring Beauties are in bloom. These fragrant flowers attract many bees, flies, butterflies & skippers which gather the nectar and pollen.
by Dave Rooke "Dave Rooke
04-15-15 Dutchman's Breeches are in bloom. These delicate flowers are a pleasant sight along a woodland path. They attract bees searching for nectar.
Red Maple Flowers
by Liz West "Muffet"
03-27-15 Red and Silver Maples are in bloom. These are some of the earliest trees to flower and bees will sometimes gather the pollen even though the trees are largely wind pollinated.
04-22-15 Prairie Smoke is in bloom. The pretty pink buds barely open. Bumble bees are one of the only insects strong enough to force their way in to get the nectar. The seed heads are showy too!
Spicebush flowers by
04-22-15 Spicebush is in bloom. In addition to the delicate spring flowers, the leaves feed the caterpillars of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly! Plus the bright red fruits feed migrating songbirds in the fall.
Marsh Marigold Flowers
by Tom Potterfield
04-22-15 Marsh Marigold is in bloom. This is a circumpolar species found in Europe and Asia as well as in North America. They grow in wet areas where they attract many bees and flies for their pollen and nectar.
Celendine Poppy by
04-18-15 Celandine Poppies are blooming now. Their bright yellow flowers are a cheerful sight in rich moist woodlands. Bees can get pollen from the flowers. The seeds are distributed by ants.
Yellow Violet Flower
by Eric Friedericks
"Other Fire" Flickr.com
04-14-15 Violets are in bloom. There are several species of native violets in colors ranging from white and yellow to blue-violet. All are larval food plants for Fritillary butterflies and several moths.
04-11-15 Hepatica is in bloom. These delicate flowers appear before the foliage. They do not contain nectar but small bees and flies will visit for the pollen. Chipmunks eat the seeds.
4-23-15 Serviceberry is in bloom. Smooth and Downy Serviceberries are native to Michigan. The leaves of these trees host several moth and butterfly caterpillars. Birds relish the fruit.
Wild Strawberry Flowers
by John B.
"Dendroica cerulea" Flickr.com
04-22-15 Wild Strawberry is in bloom. The flowers attract bees, flies and butterflies. The caterpillars of several moths feed on the foliage while birds and mammals (including humans!) enjoy the fruit.
Virginia Bluebell Flowers
by 'uncjohn" Flickr.com
04-22-15 Virginia Bluebells are blooming. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths searching for nectar or pollen.
Trout Lily Flowers
04-19-15 Trout Lilies are in bloom. Bees, butterflies & skippers visit these delicate wildflowers. The mottled leaves resemble a shimmering trout under water.
by Tom Potterfield "tgpotterfield"
04-11-15 Leatherwood is in bloom. A wonderful shrub for shaded moist areas, it blooms very early and provides pollen and nectar when few other flowers are out.
by Lisa Brown "Mean and Pinchy"
04-11-15 Bloodroot is in bloom. Each lovely flower lasts only a day or two. They close at night and on cloudy days. Bees, flies and beetles visit them in search of pollen, and their seeds are distributed by ants.