Southwestern Chapter

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Indoor Programs

 January through March/April, October through December

6:30 pm at People’s Church 1758 N 10th St., Oshtemo Township UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

3rd Monday of the Month except for December potluck - 1st Monday of the Month

Outdoor Field Trips

April/May through September or October

Southwest Michigan and beyond! 

***Check the Southwestern Chapter news page for more info on each trip (carpool options, directions, etc.) approximately 2 weeks before the scheduled date.***

 2014 Programs: Michigan Trees, their Past, Present, and Future

During 2014, we will be presenting a series of programs and field trips focused on the charismatic mega-flora of our region, the trees. We will be providing opportunities to learn about tree identification, the communities or habitats they form, threats they are facing, and much more. Speakers will include:

Monday, January 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at People's Church

Michigan Forest Communities - Today and Tomorrow: Dr. Donald Dickmann, Professor Emeritus in Forestry at Michigan State University, will provide a broad overview of the forest communities of Michigan – where they occur, which species they support, and how we can manage and conserve them. He wrote the book on the subject.

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Trees: Buds and Bark: Local naturalist extraordinaire Wil Reding will show how to identify trees in the winter based on buds, bark and other characteristics. This will be an indoor/outdoor program. NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE.

Monday, March 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at People's Church

Tree Diseases: Dr. Josh Springer, a post-doctoral research associate at Michigan State University, and Chrissy McTavish, a graduate student,  will discuss the diversity of pests that plague our diversity of trees, with a special emphasis on research regarding chestnut blight and spruce budworm.


Most field trips will be led by a tree expert, and an additional botanist to point out other interesting plants.

Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

The Natural History of Michigan's Beech Maple Forests and their Future:  Matt Dykstra, naturalist of the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Hastings, MI, will guide us through the first of our field trips in tree communities of Michigan: Beech-maple forest, and if time allows, cedar swamp. This will be an indoor/outdoor program.

Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Allegan State Game Area (west of Allegan)

Oak-pine Barrens: Local botanist Tyler Bassett and a TBA co-leader will guide us through fields of lupine while we explore tree species of more northern affinities, in oak-pine barrens and if time allows, hemlock and cedar groves.

Saturday, June 28, 10:00 am.  - 1:00 p.m. at Spirit Springs Sanctuary (near Marcellus)

Oak Forest and Hardwood Swamp: SWMBC members Lynn Steill and Becky Csia will show us a diversity of oaks and hickories, as well as some typical trees of the hardwood swamp, such as ash and elm.

Saturday, August 16, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Foerster Property (near Paw Paw)

Floodplain Forest: Bradford Slaughter of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and Nate Fuller of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, will teach us the trees (and other plants) in this sprawling floodplain of the Paw Paw River.

Contact for more info: Tyler Bassett, Chapter President

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2013 Southwestern Chapter Officers

PresidentTyler Bassett 269-383-2569

Vice PresidentDave Wendling

SecretaryLaura Strehlow 269-628-5339

TreasurerLynda Pelkey 269-471-3956

Director at LargeKen Kirton 269-552-4180

Director at LargeBecky Csia 269-353-3522

Director at LargeTodd Barkman 269-544-0034

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