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

Programs will resume in September 2015. Information about previous programs is in the archive linked at the bottom of this page.


Field Trips

Saturday, August 29, 2015   Botany of Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve - West Prairie

Trip Leaders: Bob Smith and Erick Elgin

Meet at 9:00 to carpool,  at Briarwood Mall -  

Hike: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Michigan’s lakeplain prairie used to cover 16,000 acres most of which were located in Monroe and Wayne counties.  The rich soil was coveted, first for agricultural use and later for development.  Now less than 1% of Michigan lakeplain prairie remains. The largest prairie remnant is located in Brownstown Township, Wayne County and conservationists and scientists agree – it needs to be saved.  The Nature Conservancy has categorized the Sibley Prairie as globally imperiled and critically imperiled in Michigan.  

This hike is a prelude to the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy’s Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve dedication and public grand opening scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm. 

 

Please carpool. Here's a google map with the parking and Preserve locations.
Meet to carpool at Briarwood Mall parking lot, (615 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, light pole #7. This location is near the road that goes from Briarwood Circle towards Sear's Auto Center. It is roughly across from LA Fitness Center and Los Amigos Restaurant.

There is no parking lot, but an adjacent neighbor is allowing us to park on his property.  There will be SMLC signs to guide parking. The parking address: 25962 West Rd., Brownstown Charter Township, MI. The parking location is directly east of the preserve .

 

Introducing Erick Elgin:

Erick Elgin is Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy’s (SMLC) new Stewardship and Outreach Specialist. His role with the Conservancy is to steward SMLC’s 17 nature preserves and 15 conservation easements and to engage the public in SMLC’s activities and events. As part of his position, Erick will be creating and implementing preserve management plans, conducting property site assessments, and monitoring conservation easements. He will also organize outreach events and coordinate SMLC’s volunteers.

Erick has experience with habitat restoration in terrestrial, wetland, and lake ecosystems in both rural and urban settings. He grew up on a small farm in east-central Minnesota and earned his B.S. degree in natural resource management from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. As an undergraduate, he worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and two restoration companies. Following graduation, Erick worked at the University of Notre Dame where he led a large-scale early detection monitoring survey for aquatic invasive species. 

Erick recently earned his MSc. in ecology at the University of Calgary, where he studied shallow lakes ecosystems. Specifically he investigated how differing organisms affect water clarity in shallow lakes within an agricultural landscape. 

Erick has a long standing commitment to conservation and is excited to join the SMLC team. Please help us give him a warm welcome!


Saturday 12 September (This was previously scheduled in June, but moved to September because of flooding at the site.)

 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. Car pooling will be arranged as there is limited parking at the site.