• April 27, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 P.M. Fredrick Bevis, retired GVSU professor, will present a program on The Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This will be from the Yukon to the Grand Tetons, south of Yellowstone. Having visited Yellowstone 61 times, Fredrick will no doubt give us an outstanding program.
Don't forget to mark your calendars and make time to attend the upcoming Foray. It will be held from Friday evening, May 24th through Monday morning, May 27th at Calvin College. We are finalizing our field trips, but are happy to announce our keynote speakers. On Friday evening, Judge Ed Post will present, “Birds and Blooms-A Photographer's Celebration of Wild Birds and Flowers”. On Saturday evening, Dr. David Warners will present “Loving Our Downstream Neighbor: Plaster Creek Stewards Watershed Restoration Initiative. Finally, our Sunday evening presenter, Dr. Alan Steinman of the Annis Water Resources Institute will share “Climate Change and How It Will Affect the Great Lakes and the Surrounding Area.”
We hope to see many of our own White Pine Chapter members at the Foray. We will need the help of some of you during the Foray. Please let us know if you are willing to volunteer.
• May 24, 25, 26, 27 MBC State Spring Foray hosted by our White Pine Chapter. Details later.
• June 8, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 P.M. Ed Smith will lead us on a tour of Sawyer Nursery, Inc., near Hudsonville, which is one of the largest growers and suppliers of perennial plants in the nation. Ed will cover everything from sowing seeds to propagating cuttings to the shipping of finished plants.
• July 20 , Saturday, 2:00-4:00 P.M. Cheryl Tolley has invited us back to view her fern grotto and wildflower gardens. This was also a scheduled event for 2012 that has been rescheduled.
• August 14, Thursday, 1:00-4:00 This special Thursday field trip, which will begin earlier than most of our trips, will be given by Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray. She will take us on a special tour of the Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids, to see the new developments in the park and the new Nature Center.