Huron Valley Chapter: Upcoming Field Trips 2013

Field Trips are open to the general public unless otherwise indicated.  Members who are interested in attending a "members only" field trip should register with field trip coordinator, Robert Ayotte, at Rayotte14@comcast.net (tel: 734-718-6114).  Members planning to Car pool should bring directions and leave in plenty of time to arrive at field trip sites at the designated time. 

Saturday 16 March, 10 am to 1 pm:  "Conifers of Nichol's Arboretum"  - Robert Ayotte

Nichol's Arboretum displays conifers native to Michigan, North America, Asia, and more.  This hike, a follow-up on the presentation by Neal Billetdeaux, will focus on conifer biology, ecology, and phytogeopgraphy.

Coneheads should meet at the James Reader Jr. Urban Environmental Center on Washinigton Heights.  We'll discuss and admire a broad array of gymnosperms in a loop covering about 2 miles, with some steep hills.  Wear your yak trax if it is icey.  Free parking is available at 1) the Markley Hall Parking Lot, 2) adjacent to the UM Hospital Helocopter pad, and 3) on the street along Washington Heights.

Saturday 30 March, 10 am to 1 pm: "The Hunt for Harbinger-of-Spring at Dexter-Huron Metropoark" - MBC Ramble

Since we missed the blooms of Eriginia bulbosa last year, we'll try a week earlier this year. The lovely small woodlot near the Huron River has a wealth of wildflowers, and we’ll look for other early starters, such as bloodrootand the large patches of false rue-anemone and trout lilies. The wild ginger and cut-leaved toothwort typically appear later, but who knows what this weather pattern might bring. Large Chinquapin oaks also live here.Meet in the east parking lot (furthest from the entry). The park is located on Huron River Dr. about a mile down river (east) of Dexter.

Saturday 20 April, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: "Eco-restoration Volunteer Workday & WIldflower Walk at Horner Woods" - Sylvia Taylor

 Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club 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.

Saturday 11 May, 10 am to 1 pm: "Spring Ephemerals of Nan Weston Nature Preserve" Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

The variety of plant communities at Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow reflects the amazing underlying geological diversity of the area. We will provide an introduction to the ecology of the area and explore the spring ephemerals.  Wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, and be prepared for September insects. From Chelsea, Michigan: • At the junction of I-94 and M-52 (Exit 159), take M-52 south for 7.4 miles to Pleasant Lake Road. There is a flashing yellow light at the intersection. • Turn right (west) on Pleasant Lake Road, follow it for 3.2 miles to Sharon Hollow Road. • Where Sharon Hollow Road curves sharply to the south, go straight (toward sign for Sharon Mills parking) and turn right (north) on Sharon Hollow Road (dirt), and follow to Easudes Road. • Turn left (west) and travel 0.9 miles on Easudes Road. You will see the preserve sign on the left (south) side of the road. • Park on the south side of Easudes Road, between the preserve sign and Jacob Road. The trail into the preserve begins at the sign. Please be sure not to block any of the preserve neighbors’ driveways. Questions? Contact: neal.billetdeaux@smithgroupjjr.com (734) 604-6682

Saturday 20 April, 10 am to 1 pm: "Eco-restoration Workday at Horner Woods" - Sylvia Taylor

Join volunteers from the Michigan Botanical Club 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.

May 24-27: 2013 MBC Spring Foray

White Pine Chapter hostng at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.