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 indoor programs:

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

The focus of Michigan’s Eyes on the Forest program is to introduce Michigan residents to invasive exotic forest pests that have the potential to negatively affect our native forest resources. The presentation will cover the identification and reporting protocols for several pests that are not yet established in Michigan as well as give an overview of how you can assist the effort by monitoring a Sentinel Tree in your area. Our goal is early detection and rapid response of invasive exotic forest pests in an effort to maintain the health of Michigan’s beautiful forests!

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

Sewage and urban runoff are polluting Southeast Michigan's rivers and lakes. Citizens and civic leaders can prevent this pollution by putting Rain Gardens to the Rescue! The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a series of workshops designed to teach people about rain gardens and how to create rain gardens of their own.

Cyndi Ross is the river restoration program manager for Friends of the Rouge.    Cyndi specializes in native plant gardening and rain gardens. Erma Leaphart is the associate organizer of Sierra Club's Great Lakes Program, where she works to inform the public and decision makers about the value of the Great Lakes and actions that need to be taken to protect them. 

2018 Field Trips

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 8731 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.





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


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