Southeastern Chapter of the MBC

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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