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!
Observe Bird Banding at Rose Lake
Nashville Warbler at Burke Lake Banding Station
by "ksblack99" Flickr.com
Valuable information about migrating birds is being collected at the Burke Lake Banding Station located in the Rose Lake State Wildlife Area near Bath, Michigan. Visitors are welcome to observe the process and see the birds up close on the days they are banding. Find visitor information and their calendar by following this link.
Leave Stalks Standing
Native Plants in Winter
by Anne McCormack "mccormacka" Flickr.com
Consider leaving native perennial stalks standing all winter. The seeds and overwintering insects in this stubble help provide food for our feathered friends. Plus bees use the hollow stems to raise their young. Follow this link for more information about the benefits of leaving native plant stalks standing... Stop: Don't Cut Those Plant Stalks
Help Identifying Native Grasses
Indian Grass and Rainbow
by "USFWS Headquarters" Flickr.com
Summer is the best time to identify prairie grasses because of their unique seed heads. To make this easier Grand Prairie Friends has put together an identification guide for eleven native grasses that folds into a pocket sized booklet. Download it here.
Invasive Insects Stink
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
by Penn State "pennstatenews"
The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has become established in the Lansing area. They feed on over 300 species of agricultural crops and ornamental plants. They often try to get inside homes and other structures in the fall to overwinter. For more information from MSU extension click here.