Southeastern Chapter of the MBC

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Meet at the Visitor Center/Spicer House, Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, MI.

24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336  

Programs at 2:00 p.m. (Potluck at 1:00p.m. February meeting only.)




2018 Field Trips

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1pm  Fern Walk in Holliday Preserve with Carol Clements. We will meet in the parking lot at Hix Park (6867 N. Hix Rd. Westland) and walk into the Koppernick section of the preserve from there.  

Koppernick is a rich forest habitat with close to 20 different fern species. We will learn helpful clues to recognize and differentiate the many species of Michigan native ferns. Be prepared for insects and possibly a little mud. Most of hike is on established trail, but a couple off trail locations will be visited. 


Saturday July 21 We are going back to Shiawassee Basin Preserve!“Field Tour of the Shiawassee Basin Preserve” 10am-12pm at Shiawassee Basin Preserve. Meet at 8757 Eaton Rd, Davisburg, MI Trip Leader: Mike Losey

The Shiawassee Basin Preserve is a 514 acre township park located in Springfield Township, just north of Davisburg. Notably, this preserve helps protect one of the largest and highest quality prairie fen complexes in the Midwest within one of the most beautiful settings left in Oakland County. Numerous rare plants and animals can be found at the preserve, including the largest remaining population of Poweshiek skipperling, a federally endangered prairie butterfly. Tour participants will explore some of the interesting features of this park including the response of plant communities to various management techniques. In late July, we can expect to observe many plants typical of prairie fens and adjacent upland habitats, and potentially some rarities as well. We will meet at the northern trailhead parking lot (8731 Eaton Rd, Davisburg, MI) and then carpool into the preserve using a service driveway. Participants should bring sturdy hiking boots, preferably waterproof, with sufficient ankle protection and support to guard against cut stumps and uneven terrain. Also, insect repellant clothing or spray, sunscreen and a water bottle are advised. This field tour is rated as low-medium difficulty due to anticipated length of hiking loop (1.5 miles), varying terrain and potentially uneven footing in the prairie fen.

Natural areas in Detroit's Parks

We have made field trips to various large parks in the City of Detroit. In 2017, we visited Palmer Park. Stay tuned for future field trips to Detroit's large parks.

Palmer Park is on the east side of Woodward Avenue between McNichols and Seven Mile Rd.

“…Although surrounded by urban areas, even to the untrained observer, these parks [Palmer, Pitcher and Balduck} show an impressive quality and quantity of plants species.

Since so little is left of the natural vegetation of the Detroit area, especially in large tracks, these three parks remain as some of the last outposts of what used to be vast tracts of forest that grew on the fertile lake bottom...” Weatherbee's Botanical Surveys 2004.


Recent past Field Trips

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1pm   Spring Wildflower Walk with Don Drife at Tenhave Woods, Royal Oak.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance (along the south fence).  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more. The park is behind the Royal Oak High School on Crooks Road, north of Thirteen Mile Road. the Royal Oak High School parking lot on Lexington is currently fenced in due to construction at the school.  Until the lot is reopened, you may want to use the Senior Center (3500 Marais) parking lot.

Check out Royal Oak Nature Society events at Tenhave that day as well on their website:


Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2pm   Spring wildflower walk with Suzan Campbell at Palmer Park in Detroit.  Meet in front of the Community Center in the Splash Pad Parking lot. Palmer Park is along  the west side of Woodward avenue  between 6 and 7 mile roads.  Parking lot is about where Pontchartrain Blvd meets Merrill Plaisance. From 7 Mile Rd. take Pontchartrain into the park. From Woodward, just north of 6 mile, take Merrill Plaisance into the park. Come and explore the glacial lake bed and beach ridges. Early spring wild flowers seen in the park include: merrybells, trout lily, yellow violet, Canada Mayflower, trillium wood anenome, spice bush and Ohio buckeye.

This woods and trails are basically flat. There may be a few muddy or wet places. As of April 28, there will be wet and muddy places, we will try to go around the worst of them.


Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2pm    Exploring for spring wild flowers at the new Stone Bridge Trail. Rouge Park in Detroit with Ruth Hart.  Park on the side of the road near trail head, Tireman, just east of Outer Dr.

This is a short trail on the Rouge River floodplain. We will see some beautiful mature trees of many species including large Beech, Sycamore, Hackberry and Poplar. Spring wild flowers include swaths of trout lily, a large patch of dutchman's breeches, big patches of spring beauty, virginia waterleaf and scattered cut-leaf toothwort. It will be interesting to see what the flood waters have done. We are likely to hear and see some  migrating birds as well.

After the walk, there will be an opportunity to tour the Rouge Park nursery with Fai Foen of Greening of Detroit. Also, while you are at the park, you can see nesting blue herons at the tops of some distant trees from Rouge Park Dr. south of Plymouth Rd. and north of Spinoza.

Please be prepared for wet and muddy places in the trail. The trail down to the floodplain and back up from the floodplain is moderately steep, otherwise it is a flat and easy trail.


Meeting Archive

October 1, 2017   Dorothy McLeer U of M-Dearborn presentation on Spiders

November 5, 2017   Carol Clements Wayne County Naturalist will present on Ferns.

December 3, 2017   Michael Kost Natural Communities of Michigan

February 4, 2018  1:00 PM Potluck followed by "A Few of My Favorite Nature Images" at 2:00 pm Presented by Caryle Spence                                                                                          Feb. 4 program and potluck was cancelled due to weather conditions.   

March 4, 2018   Julie Crick    Natural Resources Educator, MSU Extension Michigan Eyes on the Forest and Sentinel Tree Monitoring

April 8  Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program   Presented by Cyndi Ross, Friends of the Rouge and Erma Leaphart, Sierra Club


Southeastern Chapter Officers

PresidentEmily Nietering 313-278-9269

Vice President - Dorothy Holden 248-486-3538

Secretary/TreasurerRuth Hart 313-849-2844

Director at Large - Alice Ward - 248-673-1183

Director at Large - Renee Zimmerman 248-855-0145

Director at Large - John Zimmerman 248-855-0145