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 2016 - 2017 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. Field Trips for 2016 are below.

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

Huron Valley Chapter 2015-2016 Contacts & Officers

President  Anton Reznicek  (734) 764-5544

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  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Immediate Past President Larry Noodén (734) 663-5667


Programs Ron Gamble

Publications  Sarah Nooden

Nominations Irene Eiseman (734) 475-9654, Sarah Nooden, Beverly Walters

Field Trips Robert Ayotte, (734) 718-6114

Artist Abraham Cone

Upcoming Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2016 - 2017

No December Meeting

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Annual Pot Luck and Wildflowers of MNA Sanctuaries - Rachel Maranto

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Ferns of Southeast Michigan-  Carol Clements

Monday, March 20, 2017 - DNA and the Changing Names of Michigan Plants - Anton (Tony) Reznicek

Monday, April 17, 2017 - To be announced

Upcoming Field Trips - 2016

Fall Woody Plants of Radrick Forest; Meet at the western parking lot at the Botanical Garden.

Saturday 22 October 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.

Prior 2016 Meetings/Trips

Winter Woodies Workshop at Scio Woods Preserve

Saturday 27 February 10:00 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 9:00 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. 


Monday, September 19 – 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.

Monday, October 17 – 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, November 21 – 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, April 18 – 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– 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 -  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.