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!
Help Identifying Native Grasses
Indian Grass Seedhead
Photo by Marilena "Arilenamy", 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.
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.
Native Plants for Pollinators
Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee
by Dan Mullen
Bees are declining due to a host of factors including pesticide use and loss of habitat. The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee was listed as an endangered species by the US Fish and Wildlife Service effective March 21, 2017. You can help by planting native plants that provide nutritious pollen and nectar for these fascinating insects. For ideas on which plants will grow best in your soil and light conditions click 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!