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 2015 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. Field Trips for 2015 are below.

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

Huron Valley Chapter 2014-2015 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  Beverly Walters (734) 358-2946

Director at Large  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Immediate Past President Larry Noodén (734) 663-5667

Committees

Programs Ron Gamble

Publications  Sarah Nooden 

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

Field Trips Robert Ayotte, (734) 718-6114

Artist  Artemis Eyster 

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2015

Upcoming Programs

March 16 - It's Just a Grass... Isn't It? - Tim Walters, PhD, botanist and sedge specialist from EnviroScience presents identification hints for various sedges, rushes, and grasses.

April 20 - CLONING AROUND WITH HILL’S THISTLE IN HILLSDALE COUNTY, MICHIGAN presented by DRS. RANESSA COOPER AND JEFFERY VAN ZANT.  Hill’s thistle (or Cirsium hillii) is a perennial species of oak barrens and one of special concern in Michigan, and its range spans across the Great Lakes region where suitable habitat remains. The Sand Creek Prairie Plant Preserve in Hillsdale County, Michigan, is owned and managed by the Michigan Nature Association (MNA), and it includes a remnant of oak barrens that is home to C. hillii. Our main objective was to assess genetic diversity of this last known extant population of Hill’s thistle in southern Michigan. Three years of genetic diversity indicate low allelic diversity and low fixation indices; however, high levels of heterozygosity were reported. Genotyping shows that cloning is prevalent in the Hill’s thistle population at the Sand Creek Prairie Plant Preserve. Assessing genetic diversity, combined with annual monitoring at the site, will aid in the implementation of management plans by MNA to conserve this assemblage of C. hillii in Hillsdale County.


Field Trips

Saturday 25 April 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  Horner Woods

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.

Saturday 9 May 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Joan Rodman Plant Preserve

Trip Leader: Sheila Collins-Bourgoin

The Joan Rodman Plant Preserve, in Lodi Township, is the only Michigan Nature Association Preserve in Washtenaw County. This 18 acre wooded preserve straddles the Saline River. We will focus on spring ephemerals, and also enjoy the many large trees and interesting glacial erratics. Expect an easy stroll; although the ground may be wet in spots in the early spring.

If there is time, we may take a quick jaunt into the salt springs, at Salt Spring Park, to take in some halophytes. This is the location of the noted salt springs/weeps.

Location: 4747 Saline Waterworks Road (between Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Dell Road). Follow the driveway to the MNA preserve sign and park along the logging road in the preserve.

Saturday 16 May 1:00 to 4:00 pm Horner Woods

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.

May 22-25 Michigan Botanical Club Spring Foray: “The Thumb”

Trip Leader: MBC Southeast Chapter

Saturday 6 June 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Braeburn Marsh

Trip Leader: Matt Heumann

Braeburn Marsh Preserve is currently a 34 acre private preserve owned and managed by Matt & Mary Heumann. It is a mixture of hilly interlobal moraine and wetlands. It is being burned and managed both for invasives control and habitat preservation for mesic-wet prairie & prairie-fen plants, as well as threatened species. It is also currently being studied by Central Michigan University's GIS/Remote Sensing Lab who are using an unmanned aerial vehicle to analyze species composition changes. The areas around the house are planted in rich woods, prairie, alvar, bog, sand barrens. 

Saturday 20 June 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Flora of the River Raisin Floodplain

Trip Leader: Bob Smith

This trip is to a floodplain along the River Raisin in southern Lenawee County. The site is home to a remarkable number of listed and unusual plants. Among these are smooth ruellia, ravenfoot sedge, toadshade, wild hyacinth, woodland lettuce, fox grape, and beakgrass.  Many of the plants are unusual in Michigan because this is their northern limit.  It is also an interesting area to observe the ecological effects of the ash mortality.  It is an easy walk, but boots may be needed.

Saturday 18 July 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: North Hydro Park

Trip Leader: Bill Brodovich

Ypsilanti Township’s North Hydro Park along the Huron River offers a surprising diversity of plant life.  The steep wooded bluffs are very scenic and have some uncommon plants such as Allium cernuum, Taenidia integerrima, Gymnocladus dioicus, Muhlenbergia tenuiflora (very uncommon), Piptatherum racemosum (the old Oryzopsis racemosa), and native redbuds.