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.)


2017 Field Trips

Field Tour of the Shiawassee Basin Preserve in Oakland County

June 10, 2017 10am-12pm at Shiawassee Basin Preserve. Meet at 8731 Eaton Rd, Davisburg, MI. Trip Leader, Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township.

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. 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 early June, we can expect to observe many plants typical of prairie fens in the early growing season, potentially including several species of orchids that are associated with prairie fen wetlands. 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.

Parking at the meeting site is limited. Carpooling is advised.


2016/2017 indoor program season is completed. See you in Oct. 2017

October 2, 2016

The Milkweed Community- Presented by Don and Joyce Drife


Everyone knows about the Monarch Butterfly and its need for milkweed plants in order to survive. But many other insects and some non-insects also make their home in the Milkweed community. This program looks at the many organisms which feed on and among the different species of milkweeds, and those that make passing visits. Presented by Don Drife, independent naturalist and blogger (

November 6, 2016

The Unique Flora and Habitats of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks consist of 13 parks in five Souteast Michigan Counties with a total acreage just under 25,000 acres.  The park system covers the Jackson Interlobate Region and the Maumee Lake Plain.  Due to these diverse parent materials the Metroparks is home to many unique species, species assemblages, and the habitats that support them.  In some cases, the Metroparks are home to species that have only one or two occurrences elsewhere in the state of Michigan.  Ryan Colliton, Natural Resources Coordinator for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, will discuss the unique species and their habitats.  He will also discuss management strategies that are used to promote these species.  This includes activities such as prescribed fire, invasive species control, and population monitoring.


December 4, 2016

Genevieve Gillette: First Lady of State Parks
by Lawrence Falardeau of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area, Artist and Landscape Architect

Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life’s work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began her landscape architecture career working in Chicago with noted landscape designer Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic designs included the Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill.  Over decades, her career supported her enduring volunteer efforts in raising awareness of Michigan’s natural wonders and their value to society. She established important conservation groups, gained funding for Michigan State Parks, even advised President Lyndon Johnson on recreation and nature.


Click here to view a pdf of the interpretive sign.

Click here to view a pdf of the interpretive sign.


February 5, 2017

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.

This will be a video version of Tony’s presentation given to the Huron Valley Chapter of the MBC on Feb. 16, 2016. Tony’s voice is narrating his slide presentation on the screen. Even though he won’t be there in person, his unmatched lecture style shines so you will learn and be entertained at the same time.

Join us for our traditional pot-luck dinner at 1:00 p.m., followed by the program at 2:00 p.m. Bring your own table service. Beverages will be provided.

March 5, 2017

"Natural Areas of Springfield Township:  Interesting Features and Conservation Opportunities” presented by Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township

Springfield Township, located in northwest Oakland County, is home to numerous high quality natural areas which are comprised of a diverse array of plants and wildlife.  Attendees will learn about the interesting plants and wildlife found in the township and what efforts are being taken to conserve them.  A companion field tour will be held at the Shiawassee Basin Preserve (located near Davisburg) later in the year.

April 2, 2017

Pollinator Preservation Strategies for the Home Garden: Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects. Want to help out our native pollinators and other beneficial insects? Through plant selection, garden design and maintenance protocols, you can provide a haven not only for our beautiful butterflies and moths but also other critical beneficial species, from bees to beetles.

Presented by Cheryl M. English, Advanced Master Gardener.

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Photo credit: Don Schulte Photography.


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Newsletters - 2010 2009

Southeastern Chapter Officers

PresidentEmily Nietering 313-278-9269

Vice President - Dorothy Holden 248-486-3538

SecretaryRuth Hart 313-849-2844

Treasurer - Richard Fowler 248-828-2952

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

Director at Large - Renee Zimmerman 248-855-0145

Director at Large - John Zimmerman 248-855-0145