Seeking workshop ideas

Route from Saint Louis to Arcadia Missouri

St. Louis to Arcadia, MO Click image for a larger version.

By Bill and Linda Bennett

We hope to start a Wild Ones chapter in the Arcadia area. In order to generate interest, we are planning a Native Plant and Pollinators workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Grow Native! is assisting with the planning process and Betty Struckhoff has agreed to be a speaker. However, we need additional speakers and vendors, plus general ideas for the workshop.

Please email us at wbennett301@sbcglobal.net if you want to be a speaker or vendor and/or if you have ideas.

New Wild Ones chapter in southern Illinois

Map of Wild Ones chapters in Missouri and southern Illinois

Wild Ones chapters in Missouri and southern Illinois Click image for a larger version

The Tupelo chapter of Wild Ones recently formed near Murphysboro, Carbondale and Carterville in southern Illinois. It’s short notice, but they have a meeting tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 28. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

That means there are now four chapters within driving distance of St. Louis (click any chapter name for their website):

It’s exciting to see the organization grow, and wonderful to know there are more people interested in landscaping with native plants!

Learn about bee conservation – Nov. 5

Sunflower-Bee-Photo-Marcia-MyersThe decline of bee populations concerns native plant gardeners who know how important bees are for pollination. The 2015 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum is presenting “Conservation of the Bees”. Topics will address the population decline, behaviors, environmental impacts, and conservation of bee populations across the globe.

Speakers include: Sydney Cameron, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who specializes in bumble bee behavior, Gerald Hayes, Jr., Ph.D. from Monsanto on honey bees, Nigel Raine, Ph.D. from Guelph University on pesticides, and Alexandra Harmon-Threatt, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Honeysuckle removal at Forest Park – Nov. 7

group of people among shrubs

Volunteers with implements of destruction spread out into the honeysuckle. Photo by Forest Park Forever.

By Peter VanLinn

What: Forest Park Forever honeysuckle removal and preparations for the Kennedy Forest Restoration Project

When: Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Who: Individuals, small volunteer groups and families with children over the age of 12. Children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

For more information and to register

Note: Some Wild Ones members plan to attend. Look for familiar faces at registration.

St. Louis Audubon fall stewardship projects

By Mitch Leachman

Work crew at an Audubon Society work dayWe had another fantastic year made possible by thousands of hours of service given by hundreds of volunteers just like you! We’re better off because of your service and hope to see you again this fall for one of these projects!

Saturday, October 17th at Creve Coeur Park – Honeysuckle kill
We continue working with our partners on the Mallard Lake Prairie Project by removing additional bush honeysuckle from around the lake, in advance of future plantings of Missouri native shrubs and trees. All necessary tools/equipment and lunch provided.

Saturday, October 17th at McKelvey Woods Park – Restoration day
All ages welcome. We continue our partnership with the City of Maryland Heights! We may be clearing for a new trail, planting or removing honeysuckle. All necessary tools provided.

Saturday, October 24th at Creve Coeur Park – Tree planting
Bring a shovel if you have one, but we should have plenty of tools on-hand.

Get more details on these projects. Volunteers are requested to register for all projects by providing their name, contact information and number attending to mitch@stlouisaudubon.org or (314) 599-7390.

September meeting minutes

September 2 and 5, 2015

Susan Orr being interviewed by Amy Redfield

Susan Orr being interviewed by Amy Redfield

Susan Orr hosted two yard tour gatherings this month. A total of 33 members and 6 guests attended.

Susan’s yard is currently Silver Certified by St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program. However, the certification will be upgraded to Gold when she eliminates her property’s small amount of English Ivy. A beautiful boulder water bubbler for birds graces the front yard. Backyard highlights include numerous planting beds, numerous pipevine swallowtail caterpillars, stories of frost flowers and a display board featuring butterflies and their host plants.

In addition to the yard tour, Susan was interviewed by Amy Redfield and Ed Schmidt about her interest in native plant landscaping.

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