Huron Valley Chapter

HVC meetings are held on the 3rd Monday, September through April, excepting December, at 7:30 pm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  Meetings are free and open to the public, however, there is a fee for parking that supports MBGNA. Program descriptions for 2017 - 2018 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. 

Do you wish to join the Huron Valley Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club? Click here to access the membership form.

Huron Valley Chapter  2018 Contacts & Officers

President  Neal Billetdeaux

Vice President   Ron Gamble

Secretary  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Treasurer Toni Spears (734) 424-2530

Director at Large  Lynn Kirkpatrick

Director at Large Sheila Bourgoin

Director at Large Larry Noodén (734) 663-5667

Immediate Past President Anton Reznicek  (734) 764-5544


Programs Ron Gamble

Publications  Sarah Nooden

Nominations Irene Eiseman (734) 475-9654, Sarah Nooden, Joanne Cantoni

Field Trips Robert Ayotte, (734) 718-6114

Artist Abraham Cone

Upcoming Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2017 - 2018

February 19 - Pesticides and Pollinators presented by Meghan Milbreath, Coordinator, Michigan Pollinator Initiative, MSU Department of Entomology.  Honey bees are an important part of Michigan agriculture, while our natural lands are supported by over 450 species of native bees, and thousands of other pollinators.  The challenges of pollinators have recently been featured in the media, including the role of pesticides.  We will discuss the importance of pollinators, the effects of pesticides (including neonicitinoids), the strength of the science, and what is being done to help.  

March 19 - Dan Sparks-Jackson - Wildflowers of Michigan - A Photo Project

April 16 - John Hartig – Bringing Conservation to Cities

Prior 2017 - 2018 Meetings/Trips

Workday and Botanizing at Horner Woods Special

Saturday 4 November 9 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Trip leader: Dr. Sylvia Taylor

We have an unusual opportunity to collaborate with Professor John Benedict's University of Michigan 's ENV201 class. These students are assigned to learn about stewardship projects through local participation. This fall's Horner woods work day is for clearing woody invasives from the area where a new entrance trail is being planned through the Pelton homestead. It should be a fine learning opportunity for the class.  Since we hope to include small group touring of Horner Woods, and there may be as many as 20 students, we need a good turn out of members who enjoy engaging with students.

Meet in the Matthaei Botanical Garden's west lobby

Fall Woodies of SMLC LeFurge Preserve

Saturday 4 November – 1:00 to 4:00 PM  (Note that this is a new time. It was previously posted as a morning field trip.)

Field Trip Leaders Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

During some of our past woody walks, we have explored glacial landscape features such as terminal moraines, kames, eskers and outwash.  Our trip to LeFurge Woods will allow us to experience another ice contact feature know as ground moraine.  Join with Robert Ayotte and Neal Billetdeaux in a discussion of our glacial landscape with a focus on ground moraine along with features of the adjacent glacial lake plain, perhaps a topic of a future trip.  This will be an excellent time of year to view distinctive characteristics of several oak and maple species along with an introduction to “soil turbulence”.   This will be an approximately one mile hike, most likely at a glacial pace, along preserve trails. 

Please park on the north side of Vreeland Road east of Prospect Rd. in the vicinity of the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy office.  Vreeland is a narrow dirt road with little traffic but please take care to leave room for others to pass.

Participants limited to 24; please RSVP to Robert at

Prior 2017 - 2018 Meetings

January 21, 2018 –  “Canopy Walk to Boomslang - A Botanical Garden Sampler from the U.S.A., Europe and South Africa” - Lynn Kirkpatrick, Program Assistant at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Visit several botanical gardens around the world and embrace their very different personalities. One botanical garden is over 470 years old! Along the way, interesting plants and spectacular views will be highlighted. Lynn has been fortunate enough to have visited each of the gardens and will take you on an educational and beautiful photo journey.

No December Meeting

MONDAY, November 20, 2017 - What, My Herbicide Did That?! - David Roberts, PhD, Senior Academic Specialist at Michigan State University. Trees, shrubs and other landscape plants are unintentionally harmed at an alarming rate by today's herbicides when applied by homeowner and professional alike. Come learn about these new products so that you can avoid costly, lethal errors. 

MONDAY, October 16, 2017 - Restoring Michigan Prairies: Measuring Success - Dr. Emily Grman, Assistant Professor of Biology, Eastern Michigan University. Restoring prairies in Michigan is a common practice, but philosophical and practical obstacles to success remain. In this talk, we will explore the variety of prairie communities in southwest Michigan and some strategies for guiding plant community development. 

MONDAY, September 18, 2017 – Endangered & Invasive Plant Species -  Jane Kramer, Fine Art Photographer

For her project "Foreshadowing - Endangered & Threatened Plant Species", Jane photographs the shadows of endangered plant species and transfers the images onto paper made from the invasive plant species that threaten them. Jane will be talking about the process of collecting invasive plant species, turning plant biomass into pulp and paper, and photographing the shadows of endangered plant species. The presentation will also include a demo of an alcohol gel transfer onto invasive plant species paper.


Prior 2016- 2017 Meetings/Trips

Monday July 10, 2017 at 7:00p.m. at Matthaei Botanical Garden.                                                                               The Milkweed Community - Don Drife                                                                                                                                      Special Event HVC co-sponsored with Herb Study Group

Everyone knows about the Monarch Butterfly and its needs for milkweed plants to survive. But many other insects and some non-insects also make their home in the milkweed community. Join naturalist and photographer Don Drife as he presents a program on the many organisms, which feed on and among the different species of milkweeds, and those that make passing visits.


Native North American Indigenous people used many plants as medicines; roughly 10% of the some 26,000 species found north of the Rio Grande. The question I'll address here is, why did they pick this 10% rather than some other 10%.  Among other things, we will learn why it is that so many plants found in ornamental flower gardens are plants which were (and sometime are still) used as medicines by native peoples."

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017.

Exposing The Clandestine Relationships Among Our Michigan Plants – Newer DNA-Based Classifications presented by Anton (Tony) Reznicek, Curator, University of Michigan Herbarium. We live in an exciting time for biology, because we can now study organisms by directly accessing their genetic material, rather than using indirect (and usually imprecise) methods. So we have gained a huge amount of understanding of relationships among plants and groups of plants in a short period of time. Some of the new information we have unearthed has illuminated some extremely interesting aspects of our flora. However, because our system of naming plants is tied to their relationships (not arbitrary), this results in some name changes. We can see that clearly by comparing the families and genera of plants recognized in the three volume Michigan Flora by Ed Voss,with those noted in the Michigan Flora website – there are lots of name changes! I’ll argue that these changes are signs of progress. We’ll also look at just how we know what we do, and why we are certain enough about some facts to actually be willing to change the names.


Ferns of Southeast Michigan - Carol Clements,

Naturalist for Wayne County Parks and Manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in Westland Michigan is home to over 70 species of ferns, with over 40 species in our area.  Some are easy to recognize and others are more difficult to tell apart. This program will focus on some of the unique characteristics that will help you distinguish these botanical treasures. 

Click on the picture above to go to a Flickr album with photos from the January 2017 Potluck. The album will open in a new window.

Click on the picture above to go to a Flickr album with photos from the January 2017 Potluck. The album will open in a new window.

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Annual Pot Luck, and Wildflowers of Michigan Nature Association Sanctuaries - Rachel Maranto, Regional Stewardship Organizer Southeast Lower Michigan.  This program will highlight several Michigan Nature Association (MNA) sanctuaries in southeast Michigan and beyond with excellent wildflower displays across a variety of habitats.  You will also learn how you can help MNA with botanical survey efforts at these sanctuaries and our other properties statewide.

No December Meeting

Monday, November 21, 2016 – The Far-Reaching Effects of Soil Fungi on Plant-Insect Interactions - Amanda Meier,  doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.    Beneficial soil fungi, such as mycorrhizal fungi, can have extensive effects on plants and insects above-ground. Mycorrhizal fungi associate with over 80% of all plant species and provide plants with nutrients in exchange for sugars from the plant in a mutually beneficial relationship. Amanda will discuss the important role mycorrhizal fungi play in interactions among plants, insects, and the predators of insects above-ground. She will review this research performed at the University of Michigan in milkweed (Aslcepias) species and conclude with comments on why we should consider mycorrhizal fungi in our own natural landscapes.

Monday, October 17, 2016 – THE MICHIGAN DUNE ALLIANCE:  RESTORING EASTERN LAKE MICHIGAN COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS presented by  SHAUN HOWARD, The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Lake Michigan Project Manager.  The Great Lakes contain the world's largest freshwater dune system, totaling 275,000 acres of perched, parabolic, and linear dunes with the majority of these ecosystems located throughout Eastern Lake Michigan.  The nearshore dunal area provides critical habitat to nearly 10% of Michigan’s species of concern, while also playing a key role in Michigan's growing eco-tourism economy through the numerous recreation and quality of life benefits it offers.  This presentation with provide information on the importance of this system, the threats facing it, and efforts by the Michigan Dune Alliance to protect and restore a globally-unique landscape. 

Monday, September 19, 2016 – THE RUBIACEOUS ANT-PLANTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FOR ANTS presented by Frank OmilianTens of thousands of plants have symbiotic relationships with ants but few can match the elaborate nature of this one! The swollen bases of these plants make a number of different kinds of chambers for the ants (some to live in and others for wastes) as well as ant entry holes in the base and tunnels connecting it all. A power-point presentation will provide the details, and many plants from Matthaei’s world-class ant-plant collection will be on display in the auditorium.



Past Field Trips 2017

Walden West

Saturday 9 September – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Bob Smith

Walden West is a 119-acre property in Lenawee County that is now protected and will serve as a “living classroom” for Adrian College.  The property, which features rare fen habitats, was owned by Ann Arbor residents Jim and Mary White.  The White’s donated a conservation easement, which permanently protects the land in a natural state, to Legacy Land and Raisin Valley Land Trust.  After establishing the conservation easement, the Whites donated the land to Adrian College for use in their educational programming.

The preserve offers a diversity of wetlands, ponds, a medium sized lake, a substantial glacial moraine.  Highlights may include four species of carnivorous plants, three types of orchids, several types of milkweeds, and numerous fen species.     

To Carpool: Meet at Chelsea Park-n-Ride I-94 Exit 159 or at Meijer 3145 Ann Arbor Saline Rd. Depart at 9:00 a.m.

Meet at10:00 a.m. at the junction of US-12 and Tipton Hwy. about 2 miles west of M-52. There is a produce stand (it will be closed) immediately northeast of where Tipton Hwy. meets US-12.  The green Tipton Hwy. sign is right by the stand. From there we'll drive a little over a mile farther to Walden West.

Huron Meadows Metropark

Saturday 26 August - 10 a.m.- noon     Focusing on the "Hylo/Desmos"... aka the "The Tick Trefoils"

Field Trip Leader:  Ron Gamble

These plants eventually have seed pods that stick on you, but they have no legs, and aren't known to pass disease! The Desmodium rotundifolium should be in bloom, which most folks likely haven't seen. We'll find more, and hopefully find those Hylodesmums, which the taxonomists split apart from the Desmodiums. Walk will be easy, dry and mainly on-trail. There could still be deer flies and/or mosquitoes.

Directions: Huron Meadows Metropark is located at 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton, MI. Turn south at the park entrance (if you've turned onto Hammel from Rickett Rd.; that means a left turn at the Hammel address, as a right turn takes you to golf course), continue to the back parking lot, where there is water and restroom facilities.

Watkins Lake State Park (DNR)

Saturday 19 August – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Lake State Park (DNR) Field Trip Leader: Bob Smith.

Watkins Lake State Park was dedicated in 2016 in southwest Jackson County.  The DNR describes the area as “open meadow, mixed hardwoods, low wetlands, and open water”.  It also includes aboriginal artifacts and several fire circles.  Immediately to the west is a large fen that includes open artesian wells deep enough for winter fishing.  This outing will explore the botany of all of these areas. The fen, in particular, will have a number of rarities.   Dress appropriately for fen walking.

Much of the park was once a cattle operation.  The large northern part, north of Arnold Rd., is still cut up by some pretty formidable fences.  I have not yet found good ways to get around there.  As you go west in the park, south of Arnold Rd., you come to the Arnold property.  Continuing west is more state park. Most of the Arnold property is a very interesting fen.  The fen continues into the west section of the park.  The Arnolds are negotiating the sale of their in-holding, and this likely will become park land.  


To Carpool: M-14/Miller Rd Exit Park-n-Ride . Departure at 9 am. Take M-14 W, then I-94 W, M-52 S to W Pleasant Lake Rd in Sharon Township, drive W, SW on Pleasant Lake Rd. Take Sharon Hallow Rd south (at Sharon Valley the rd zigs then zags continuing S on Sharon Hollow Rd ) to Herman Rd., head W, SW on Herman, at the fork stay R on to Horning Rd to Arnold Rd. Take Arnold Rd N to the parking lot where the road bends west.

Meet 10 a.m. at the Watkins Lake S. P. parking area at the point where Arnold Rd turns west (yellow dot on map).  Once we have everyone, we drive to the Arnold's, where we can park.  We will then do the outing in that fen area, including the western park area, and possibly adjacent forest.

(Long Lake Fen of Waterloo Rec Area- This field trip has been cancelled.)

Aquatic Flora of Mill Lake

Saturday 15 July – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Erick Elgin

Mill Lake is a shallow lake located in the Waterloo State Recreation Area. The lake has a large littoral zone and a watershed that is partially protected, making it an excellent location to observe the wonderful diversity of plants under the water’s surface. We will cover the importance of aquatic plants to lake ecosystems and spend time identifying floating-leaf and submerged aquatic plants. We will be canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and wading in the shallows to collect the plant specimens (please bring your own gear). Genre we are likely to find: Potamogeton, Stuckenia, Utricularia, Myriophyllum, Najas, and Chara. 

Field Trip Leader bio: Erick Elgin is a Water Resources Educator for Michigan State University Extension. His job responsibilities include providing expertise in aquatic ecology to the state of Michigan and deliver educational programs that promote our understanding about water resources. Erick grew up on a small farm in Minnesota and went on to study water resources management and work with multiple habitat restoration companies and organizations. He has a master’s degree in aquatic ecology from the University of Calgary where he studied food web impacts on prairie pothole lakes in Alberta, Canada. He has extensive experience working with lakes, wetlands, and aquatic plants.

Carpool: Meet at Miller Rd Park-n-Ride at 9:00 a.m. or at Chelsea Park-n-Ride at 9:30 a.m.  

Directions: Take I-94 West to Pierce Road /exit 157, drive North on Pierce Rd, turn left onto Bush Rd. Meet at 10:00 am at the entrance of the Mill Lake Camp on Bush Rd just north of the entrance to the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center Waterloo State Park.    Bring your kayak, snorkel, water shoes for wading.

Goose Creek MNA Sanctuary

Sunday 4 June - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Tony Reznicek

Goose Creek Grasslands Nature Sanctuary extends over three-quarters of a mile from southeast to northwest along the Goose Creek, and includes many diverse habitats. Saturated soil, wet prairie, marsh, and fen habitats are all found within the sanctuary’s boundaries, allowing for a wide range of plant and animal species to exist. Prairie fens are extremely delicate areas that form where groundwater flows back to the surface through alkaline soil. Because of its rarity and size, the fen of Goose Creek Grasslands is an extremely important remnant.

GCS lies enfolded in Michigan’s Irish Hills, in a glacial trough which showcases deposits of raw gravel left behind by retreating glacial ice sheets. The hills make this area of southern Michigan a scenic part of the state, bisected by the historic Great Sauk Prairie Trail.

Over two hundred plant species have been identified at Goose Creek Grasslands, including seven that are classified as rare. Sedges are abundant among many fen plants, including buckbean and pitcher plant.  Aquatic plants, such as pickerel weed and pondweeds, take advantage of the wettest sites. Adding color to the landscape later in the season are Goose Creek’s dozens of prairie flowers, including culver’s-root, Indian paintbrush, many sunflowers and Joe-Pye weed. 

Directions: Located in Lenawee County, off Cement City Highway across from Goose Lake. From the north or south: Take US-127 and go east on Vicary Rd. Turn south onto Cement City Highway.  From the east or west: Take US-12 and turn north onto Cement City Highway. Parking is available, along the road, near the Goose Lake boat dock.

Carpool: From Miller Rd./M-14 Park-n-Ride depart at 12 noon.

For additional information, contact Rachel Maranto at 517-525-2627,

Shiawassee Basin Preserve Field Trip

Saturday June 10, 2017 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Field Trip Leader, Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township. 

Joint with SE Chapter. 

The Shiawassee Basin Preserve is a 514 acre Springfield Township park located just north of Davisburg. Notably, this preserve helps protect one of the largest and highest quality prairie fen complexes in the Midwest. Numerous rare plants and animals can be found at the preserve, including the largest remaining population of Poweshiek skipperling, a federally endangered prairie butterfly. Tour participants will explore some of the interesting features of this park including the response of plant communities to various management techniques. In early June, we can expect to observe many plants typical of prairie fens in the early growing season, potentially including several species of orchids that are associated with prairie fen wetlands. Participants should bring sturdy hiking boots, preferably waterproof, with sufficient ankle protection and support to guard against cut stumps and uneven terrain. Also, insect repellant clothing or spray, sunscreen and a water bottle are advised. This field tour is rated as low-medium difficulty due to anticipated length of hiking loop (1.5 miles), varying terrain and potentially uneven footing in the prairie fen.

Meet at 8731 Eaton Rd, Davisburg, MI to consolidate vehicles to make the drive to the interior of the preserve easier. Over flow parking is at our Civic Center (which has bathrooms).

Carpool from Ann Arbor: Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Miller Rd. M-14 park-n-ride. (ca. 1 hr drive via US 23, may be slow due to construction).

BioBlitz @ McCulley-Bastian Nature Sanctuary

Saturday 6 May 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Survey start times: Birds 7:00 a.m. Herps 10 a.m. Plants 1:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Rachel Maranto

Help us survey for critters and plants of all types at MNA's new nature sanctuary in southeast Michigan.  The data we collect will be used to generate comprehensive species lists for the sanctuary.  No previous identification skills are needed to participate, but RSVP to Rachel is required! Email or phone 517-525-2627.

The McCulley-Bastian Nature Sanctuary is primarily southern floodplain forest, known in this part of the state for its species richness. The remaining uplands are mesic southern forest, and dry-mesic southern forest. The sanctuary provides excellent nesting habitat for neo-tropical migratory birds and provides forest interior nesting habitat for a heavily fragmented portion of Michigan. The forested River Raisin corridor has connectivity to support wildlife migration as well. Walking will be moderately challenging and the soils will be wet in places.  There are no trails, so visitors are encouraged to bring a map and compass to find their way safely around the sanctuary.

Carpool and Directions: Meet at Chelsea Park-N-Ride I-94 Exit 159 or at Meijer 3145 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.  Departure 12:15 p.m. Use your Mapquest or Google Maps to get to 2600 N Wilmoth Hwy, Adrian, MI 4922. From M-52, take Sutton Road east for 2 miles. Turn right (south) on N Wilmoth Hwy and drive another 1.2 miles. After crossing the River Raisin, park on the shoulder near the driveway for 2600 N Wilmoth Hwy. The sanctuary is on the west side of the road. For additional information, contact Rachel at 517-525-2627. 

Spring Botany and Horner’s Woods Workday

Saturday 22 April, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sylvia Taylor

Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club and MBGNA to scout for the invasive garlic mustard and help with light trail maintenance at Horner Woods, a wildflower sanctuary NE of Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Volunteers will also enjoy seeing large patches of a lovely native wildflower, Twinleaf, which will be in peak bloom in late April.

Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club and MBGNA to scout for the invasive garlic mustard and help with light trail maintenance at Horner Woods, a wildflower sanctuary NE of Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  Volunteers will also enjoy seeing large patches of a lovely native wildflower, Twinleaf, which will be in peak bloom in late April.  

Please wear light colored or easily visible field clothes, and sturdy closed-toe shoes.  We provide tools and orientation.  Minors are welcome with permission forms; those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Meet in the west lobby at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. to caravan to Horner Woods.

Winter Woodies of Waterloo

Saturday 28 January 2017

10 am to 1 pm Field Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Join Neal and Robert for a winter woody plants foray into the forests and bogs of Waterloo.  We will explore upland Oak-Hickory type forest and the Cedar Lake bog.  Along the way we will see tuliptree and yellow birch on the eskers, a few ericads down in the bog. 

There will be a brief introduction focusing on the origins of this glacial landscape, and a short primer on woody plant identification.  We’ll examine both deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and vines.  We will distinguish terminal buds from false terminal buds, and give particular attention to bud scars, lenticels, and piths.  We’ll need to keep a sharp eye out for persistent fruits!

The walk will encompass a couple of miles of flat to rolling terrain.  Meet inside the Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center at Waterloo State Recreation Area 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118(ph: 734-475-3170).

Winter Walkabout - LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve Saturday,  February 11,  2017 (in case of inclement weather: Sunday, Feb. 12th).   Field Trip Leader: Robert Ayotte

Pre-walk Refreshments 1:15 - 2:00 p.m. at Superior Township Hall, 3040 N. Prospect Road, Superior Township, MI 48198 (located at the corner of Prospect and Cherry Hill roads). Walkabout from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve -1 mile south of Township Hall (park along Vreeland Road near the Conservancy Farm). Contact: Taylor Myatt <> for more information. Joint with Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC). 


Fall Woody Plants of Radrick Forest

Saturday 22 October 2016 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Note this was changed from October 8 to October 22.)

Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Comprised of three adjacent forest ecosystems Radrick Forest is the perfect place to demonstrate how different forest ecosystems evolve from contrasting physiography (geography and parent soils).  We will discuss the glacial origins of the landscape, and closely examine the soils of communities dominated by Oak-Hickory, Southern Dry Oak, and Southern Mesic forest types.  There will be an in-depth review of the diverse Woody Plants growing within these ecosystems.

Winter Woodies Workshop at Scio Woods Preserve

Saturday 27 February 201610:00 to Noon

Trip Leaders:  Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Join Neal and Robert for a review of the winter features of trees, shrubs, and vines in their winter condition.  There will be a focus on buds, bud scars, bark, and fruit (with special attention to “lines of dehiscence”).   This is a Joint field trip with the Stewardship Network. 

Because of limited parking at Scio Woods Preserve, meet at the Park 'n Ride lot at Miller Rd & M- 14 to carpool. Carpool to depart at 9:45 a.m. going west on Miller to south on Wagner to west on Scio Church.

Spring Botany and Horner’s Woods Workday

Saturday 23 April 20169:00 am to 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sylvia Taylor

Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club and MBGNA to scout for the invasive garlic mustard and help with light trail maintenance at Horner Woods, a wildflower sanctuary NE of Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Volunteers will also enjoy seeing large patches of a lovely native wildflower, Twinleaf, which will be in peak bloom in late April. Please dress for physical, outdoor work. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. We provide tools and orientation. Minors are welcome with permission forms; those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meet in the west lobby at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. to caravan to Horner Woods.

Spring Botany at Scio Woods Preserve

Saturday 7 May 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Trip Leader Aunita Erskine and Robert Ayotte

 Scio Woods is a rich oak beech maple woods that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep just a few miles west of Ann Arbor.  We’ll focus on getting re-acquainted with spring ephemerals and other emerging spring wildflowers. We may even be lucky enough to see a paw paw, bladder nut, or spicebush in bloom!   

Carpooling is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED because of limited parking. The preserve is located on Scio Church Rd in between Wagner and Zeeb.  To carpool, meet at the M-14 and Miller park n' Ride departing at 12:30p.m.

Spring Botany and Horner’s Woods Workday

Saturday 21 May 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sylvia Taylor

Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club and MBGNA as they continue to remove invasive garlic mustard at Horner Woods, a wildflower sanctuary NE of Matthaei Botanical Gardens. In late May, Garlic Mustard will be in bloom and more easily identifiable for removal. Please dress for physical, outdoor work. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. We provide tools and orientation. Minors are welcome with permission forms; those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meet at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., near the back horticulture entrance (due to the second spring plant sale that will be held partly in the west lobby), to caravan to Horner Woods.

Lefglen Nature Sanctuary

Saturday 18 June10:00 am to 1:00 pm

 Trip Leader: Rachel Maranto

Join Rachel Maranto, of the Michigan Nature Association, for a guided tour of the diverse habitats and wildflowers of Lefglen Nature Sanctuary.  This 200-acre preserve, near the Sharonville State Game Area, is home to a pair of small lakes, prairie fen, mesic and dry-mesic oak-hickory forest, and a savanna remnant. 

5343 Wolf Lake Rd, Napoleon Township, MI 49240.

Directions from Ann Arbor: 

GPS coordinates: 42° 11' 11.3172'' N 84° 13' 11.6256'' W

Get on I-94 W, Follow I-94 W to W Old US Hwy 12 in Sylvan Township. Take exit 157 from I-94 W (16 min (18.9 mi))

Continue on W Old US Hwy 12. Take E Michigan Ave and Norvell Rd to Wolf Lake Rd in Napoleon Township. There is a small parking area on the left about 400 feet after Rexford Road.

Restoration of Oak Savanna at MacCready Preserve

August 27th at 10:00 am - 1 pm

Leader: Professor Lars Brudvig

Note: there will easy to moderate hiking to get out to and around the field locations – less than 2 miles total, but up and down some steep hills.

Join MSU Restoration Ecologist Lars Brudvig for an in-depth interpretation of the Oak-Savanna restoration project at MacCready Reserve.  The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush setting includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain, natural springs, a diversity of wildflowers, mature hardwoods, and a plethora of bird species.

In restoring the Oak-Savanna, Lars and his students in the Brudvig Lab take a plant community approach – coupling restoration and landscape ecology to 1) seek the basic underlying drivers of ecological communities across space and time and 2) apply this knowledge to the field of restoration ecology.

“We address questions about how and why space matters for plant communities and what this means for their restoration.  Much of our work is centered on large-scale experiments – among the world’s best experimental tests in landscape ecology.  To provide strong linkages between basic science and its application, we collaborate with several land management agencies.  See:

Workday and Botanizing at Horner Woods

Saturday 15 October 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Trip leader: Dr. Sylvia Taylor

Join Sylvia and mentor Matthaei volunteers on HVC's last field trip of 2012 for trail maintenance,  buckthorn removal and botanizing in this wildflower sanctuary and old forest.  Meet at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road (west lobby), Ann Arbor for sign-in and carpooling to the site. 

Meetings 2015 - 2016

Monday, April 18 , 2016– Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan presented by Barb Barton, endangered species biologist and Wild Rice conservationist,.

Wild Rice is a staple of the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region and was once much more abundant in Michigan than it is today. Learn about the story of Manoomin (Wild Rice), its past and present, and what is being done to restore it to Michigan’s landscape.

March 21, 2016– Ecosystem Conservation at The Nature Conservancy’s Erie Marsh Preserve presented by Chris May, Director of Restoration for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan.

Erie Marsh Preserve on Lake Erie contains some of the last remaining coastal wetlands in southeast Michigan and provides critical habitat for migratory birds and fish. The Nature Conservancy and partners are working at multiple scales to restore native ecosystems and natural processes, not only at Erie Marsh, but along the entire coastline from the Detroit River to Sandusky, Ohio. Work at Erie Marsh provides an example of large-scale restoration that will benefit native plants and animals, while also providing ecosystem services and recreation opportunities for people.

February 15, 2016 -  Kissing Cousins and Family Skeletons - The Michigan Flora and Modern Evolutionary Biology presented by Dr. Anton (Tony) Reznicek  

Modern evolutionary biology, with its ability to directly access the genetic material of plants, has revolutionized our understanding of the evolution of our flora. This has turned up many interesting facets about how plants in our flora are related, but also has exasperated people familiar with the traditional names and arrangements of plants. We will explore the underlying principles behind the re-working of plant relationships, plus look at some of the interesting and sometimes remarkable new facts about plant evolution and relationships. Meeting combined with Wild-ones Chapter.

MONDAY,  January 18, 2016                                                                                                                                                          6:00 PM - ANNUAL POTLUCK                                                                                                                                                        7:30 PM – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY AND TECHNIQUES presented by Bob Smith, Huron Valley Chapter member and expert photographer. Bob’s program will focus on how to make photographs that are useful for plant identification, illustrated with photos of local plants. For Bob's floral gallery see: 

Past Activities of the Huron Valley Chapter are here.