Southeastern Chapter of the MBC

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2016 Summer Field Trips

Troy Nature Center and Preserve, Troy, Sunday June 26, 2016 2 pm

Located at 6685 Coolidge Hwy. in Troy. Meet in front of the Nature Center.


Join us on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 2 pm, for an exploration of ‘Sedges and More’ at the Stage Nature Center in Troy, MI. Located at the northern edge of the River Rouge watershed, this 100-acre City of Troy preserve contains upland and floodplain forest, dry and wet meadow, and wetland habitats.  About two dozen species of Carex are present; beginners and experts alike are invited to make their acquaintance and contribute to development of a species inventory for this site. We’ll also spend some time looking at other plants in the wet meadow area. This is easy walking, on chipped trails and boardwalk.  Stage Nature Center is located at 6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, 48098, and is within a couple miles of M-59 and I-75 freeway exits.  More information about the Center, and its activities and programs, is available at   Trail maps and additional trip information will be circulated the week prior to June 26.



Rouge Park, Detroit, Saturday August 13, 2016 11am

Meet on east shoulder of West Outer Drive just north of Warren Avenue.

Join Bill Brodovich, the author of Flora of River Rouge Park which was prepared in 2003 and 2004 with for Friends of Belle Isle with funding from the EPA.

"River Rouge Park is located along the Rouge River, on the west side of Detroit.
CSX railroad forms the northern boundary and Warren Road forms the southern
boundary. The total area of the Park is approximately 1200 acres (nearly two
square miles)."

"The botanical survey of River Rouge Park conducted in 2004, though limited in
scope, resulted in the discovery of an unusual number of rare plants... Undoubtedly other rare plants await discovery."
"The presence of old growth forests further highlights the Park’s regional importance."






2016 Spring Field Trips

TenHave Woods, Royal Oak, Saturday April 16, 2016, Noon


A “Spring Wildflower Walk” is being held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016, beginning at Noon at Tenhave Woods in Royal Oak, lead by Don Drife of the Royal Oak Native Plant Society.  Park at the Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  For a map to the location of the woods:


A nice article about TenHave Woods:



Pitcher Woods in O’Hair Park, Detroit, Sunday, May 1, 2016,  time 2:30 pm.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Pitcher Woods in O’Hair Park in Detroit, join Susan Stellar and Ruth Hart as we explore one of the few remaining original woodlands in the City of Detroit. Meet at the corner of Shaftsbury and Pembroke Streets (east of Evergreen between 7 and 8 Mile). Use the address 19811 Shaftsbury in your GPS.

An excerpt from

Detroit Parks: Plant species survey 2004 (Click the link to download the pdf for the report)

“…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. While there are exotics present in each park, they tend to be clustered around the edges and along paths, leaving plenty of room for a healthy array of native shrubs and herbaceous plants under the canopy of native trees….

Since so little is left of the natural vegetation of the Detroit area, especially in large tracts, 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. These parks are, in a sense, living museums, but they are considerably more than that, as there are ongoing interactions between recruitment of young seedlings, the survival of a handful of rare individuals, the changing composition of the canopy and the mixture of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in a ‘survival of the fittest’ attempt to adapt to the surrounding urban environment…”


Cowan Section Holliday Nature Preserve, Westland, Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm


We will hike in Holliday Nature Preserve to enjoy the gorgeous display of spring wildflowers along Tonquish Creek. The Wayne County Parks Naturalist, Carol Clements, will share folklore and historic uses of the plants we see. Meet at the parking lot of the Cowan Section of Holliday Nature Preserve, off of Central City Parkway, between Wayne and Warren Roads in Westland. This hike is part of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center Adult Botany Hike series. 

April 30, 2016, the Southeastern Chapter will be hosting the Botanical Club State wide meeting. Please see the home page for details.


2016 Winter Indoor Programs-


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

24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336  

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

February 7, 2016

Wild Bees in Urban Gardens
Wild bee communities in North America and Europe are experiencing significant declines in abundance and diversity. Wild bees support the general plant diversity of our ecosystems and have been found to be more efficient pollinators than honey bees for a number of important crops. Given the decline in honey bees, the concurrent decline in wild bee populations is particularly troubling for conservation and the maintenance of our food systems. Their decline has been linked to habitat loss and the application of certain pesticides. One potential refuge for at-risk bee populations that generally avoids both the habitat loss and harmful pesticide use is the burgeoning urban garden/farming movement. Our work examines what bee communities are using urban gardens and urban farms as habitat and how the surrounding urban environment effects them. Paul Glaum is a PhD. student in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


March 6, 2016Our Hidden Wildlife by Bob Muller

Rainbow Darter. A native fish of the Rouge River at Heritage park.

Rainbow Darter. A native fish of the Rouge River at Heritage park.

Our Hidden Wildlife by Bob Muller

Did you know that most of metro Detroit lies within the Rouge River watershed? With all the talk in Michigan about clean water these days, we may ask how the Rouge River is faring. Thinking out of our usual botanical box for March, we’ll hear about the health of the Rouge River as told through its fish species. Join us for "Our Hidden Wildlife" with Bob Muller, a program about Michigan native fish in the Rouge River including some information on the invasive fish study he is doing on the Round Goby as it travels up the river following dam removal. 

Bob has been studying native fishes for over 50 years, most of that time keeping them in aquariums and trying to record information on their breeding.  The last 4 years he has been involved with fish community surveys in the Rouge River.  He was one of the founders of the Royal Oak Nature Society and has for 16 years worked as one of their naturalists.  He also has a strong interest in spring wildflowers and trees and recently graduated from U of M Dearborn with a degree in Environmental Studies. Retirement allows him more time to play in the rivers and woods.

April 3, 2016

Native Shrubs in Southeast Michigan

Often overlooked in their native habitat and for use in creating native habitats, shrubs are important for so many reasons.  Join us as we learn to identify many native shrubs found in SE Michigan and how you can create a biohedge in your own yard.  John DeLisle is the principal ecologist and owner of Natural Community Services, a local consulting and restoration firm located in Southfield.

Past programs:

Saturday August 15 9 AM - 12 PM. American Lotus in bloom at Sterling State Park

Trip Leader: Milton French

Park at the parking lot for the lotus pavilion with overflow parking across the park drive in the beach parking lot. See the American lotus in full bloom. Other plants may be in bloom also such as swamp mallow with its showy pink flowers. In addition we may see the state threatened broadleaf arrowhead. The walk will be easy and flat.

If you have a kayak, bring it along for a post-trip paddle. 

March 1 2015

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio’s Oak Openings Program: an overview of managing globally rare habitats in the Lakeplain oak openings region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Presented by Mike Losey  Restoration Crew Leader (Land Steward) for The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio Chapter. 

The Lakeplain Oak Openings is a unique region spanning seven counties in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. With over 150 state or federally listed species, it is well recognized as a biodiversity hotspot within the Lake Erie watershed.   However, despite its noted importance the natural habitat is highly fragmented and stressed by incompatible land use.  These modifications have reduced the health of the Oak Openings and threaten the native flora and fauna as well as compromise the ecosystem services the region provides.  Attendees will learn about the results of restoration treatments in these globally rare habitats, monitoring for several taxonomic groups and education/outreach elements implemented by The Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Program as well as supporting projects and strategies including the Interagency Restoration Team, Green Ribbon Initiative, the Oak Openings Landowner Registry and some of our exciting big ideas for the future of this region.

April 12 

Singing Insects of Michigan

Presented by Susanne Greenlee of Oakland County Parks planning department.

Not all the sounds of nature come from birds and frogs, as the singing insects are one of the most dominant sounds of our summer days and nights. The noisiest insect callers-- the crickets, katydids and cicadas, are introduced. The talk ends with audio recordings and accompanying slides to identify our most common insect singers.

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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 - Ruth Hart - 313-849-2844

Director at Large - Alice Ward248-673-1183

Director at Large - Richard Fowler 810-828-2952