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 2015-2016 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

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 Abraham Cone

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2016

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.

March 14 – Chris May - Ecosystem Thinking and The Nature Conservancy Erie Marsh

April 18 – Barb Barton – Wild Rice and Conservation


Field Trips - 2016

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.

Litterae botanica at William L. Clements Library

To be announced (Library is under restoration and is open to the public, on Fridays only; but I’m working on that.)

Trip Leader: Robert Ayotte

Located on the central campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the William L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century.  This indoor field trip will focus on field notes, memoirs, and journals of early North American Botanists including William C. Bartram, C.S. Rafinesque, John Torrey, Thomas Nuttall, Asa Grey, and Francois Michaux.  

A roundtable discussion will follow, in which participants will have an opportunity to share a few paragraphs from their own or favorite litterae botanica.

Dress for the Indoors, and bring your favorite natural history journal.

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

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.

Mud Lake Bog   (To be announced)

Leader: Bev Walters

Restoration of Oak Savanna at MacCready Preserve (To be announced)

Leader: Professor Lars Brudvig

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: http://brudviglab.plantbiology.msu.edu/

MacCready Reserve

9243 Skiff Lake Rd

Clarklake MI 49234

2015

Saturday October 24, Horner Woods Workday and Botanizing 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Trip Leader: Sylvia Taylor

Join Sylvia and mentor Matthaei volunteers on HVC's last field trip of 2014 for trail maintenance, woody invasives removal, and botanizing in this wildflower sanctuary and oldgrowth forest. Meet at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road (west lobby), Ann Arbor for sign-in and carpooling to the site. Questions? Contact: Sylvia Taylor <smtaylor@umich.edu>


Sunday, October 25, Leonard Preserve, Manchester Michigan. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Fall Woody Plants of Leonard Preserve

The 259-acre Leonard Preserve is the largest natural area in the County's system of NAPP preserves.  Its diverse landscape includes rolling hills, oak-hickory woods, wetlands, sedge meadows and prairie remnants and nearly one mile of winding River Raisin shoreline.  This trip will focus on fall trees and shrubs as well as some of the late goldenrods and asters.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  See the attached link for a map and directions.
http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/napp/preserves/leonard.htm