St. Louis Audubon spring stewardship projects

By Mitch Leachman
Executive Director

Map of 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road

2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Map Data ©2016 Google

We 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 spring for one of these projects!

Tuesday, March 8th at Creve Coeur Park. Honeysuckle removal
Help us continue our multi-year project partnership to create prairie, woodland, and pollinator gardens! All ages welcome, but those under 18 must have parental/adult supervision at all times. Bring your favorite lopper or saw. The work site is just south of Page/364 near the Creve Coeur Lakehouse restaurant. We will meet in the south lot at the Lakehouse, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St. Louis, MO 63146.

Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat—March 5th thru 13th
For additional opportunities around the St. Louis region to remove invasive bush honeysuckle and help restore our natural areas.  For the most recent location list and to RSVP, visit BiodiverseCity St. Louis.

Saturday, March 19th Confluence Trash Bash. Watershed Cleanup
All ages welcome. For all the details, and to register

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February monthly gathering highlights

Marsha Gebhardt starts the gathering and introduces Kim Riess

President Marsha Gebhardt kicked off the 2016 monthly gatherings.

February 3, 2016
Our first monthly gathering of 2016 attracted 32 members and 23 guests at The Heights community center of Richmond Heights.

President Marsha Gebhardt welcomed all, including members of the Richmond Heights Garden Club and other attendees.

Marsha introduced our new officers, the 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

  • President – Marsha Gebhardt
  • Vice-President – Wes Boshart
  • Secretary / Membership Chair – Fran Glass
  • Treasurer – Penny Holtzmann
  • Members-at-Large:
    • Marilyn Chryst – SNR Liaison / Plant Sale Coordinator
    • Dawn Weber, Technology Communications Committee Chair

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Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat March 5-13

By Marsha Gebhardt
President, St. Louis Wild Ones

White and orange flowers on bush honeysuckle

Bush honeysuckle in bloom

St. Louis Wild Ones is listed as a partner in the upcoming, first ever, Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat. We encourage our membership and followers to participate in one or more of the planned bush honeysuckle removal projects between March 5 and March 13. These events will be learning opportunities, and will make you feel good about your contribution to our region’s native landscapes.

For a great overview and how to get involved, read the following article by Besa Schweitzer, which will be published in the Native Plant School newsletter on March 1st. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up for this excellent newsletter by emailing Besa Schweitzer ( Here’s an example: The News from Native Plant School February 2016

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Photography tip #2 – Macro mode for close-ups

By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, St. Louis Wild Ones

Today’s tip is for point-and-shoot camera users:

The flower picture is for macro mode on the camera

The flower icon on the right is for macro mode.

What is that little flower button?
Point-and-shoot cameras are, by design, great for taking close-up photos in the garden, but did you know there is a way to get even closer? On most of these cameras, there is a button labeled with an icon, that indicates macro mode. Because it’s a flower, this should be easy for our group to remember!

Macro mode on a point-and-shoot camera allows the lens to get even closer to the subject, making a small object appear larger than life in photos.

After buying my camera, the first thing I did was check the manual to find the directions on how to turn on macro mode for my make and model. Generally, pushing the flower button, making sure the flower is highlighted, and then saving that choice is all that is required. Once turned on, the same flower will usually appear on the LCD display, providing a reminder that macro mode is enabled.

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Programs: Gardening Expo, bush honeysuckle, and Native by Design

By Marsha Gebhardt
President, St. Louis Wild Ones

Wild Ones information table

Wild Ones information table

St. Louis Wild Ones members and followers,

Are you aware that you are in the vanguard of a native landscaping movement that is rapidly picking up speed in the St. Louis region? Wild Ones, a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization, is increasingly joining other organizations with similar goals in order to build on the momentum and further encourage environmentally sound landscaping practices. In order to better inform you of Wild Ones-sponsored events as well as related programs in our community, we are increasing website, blog, and social media communication.

Now that the bulk of winter has passed, native landscaping events are ramping up. Below are three February offerings that you may be interested in attending:

Topic: Preseason Gardening Expo includes gardening experts, refreshments, and prizes
When: Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Rolling Ridge Nursery
Cost: Free to stop by
Registration: Not required

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Wild Ones donates $1,200 to Native Plant School

Scott Woodbury talks about groundcovers at the Native Plant SchoolSt. Louis Wild Ones donated $1,200 to Shaw Nature Reserve’s Native Plant School for 2016 as part of an ongoing sponsorship and general support. The funds are a continuation of historical monetary donations. In the past, the money was used to underwrite the Native Plant School program. In 2015, the money was used to help pay for the 10th anniversary event. Any remaining funds go toward the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

Scott Woodbury, Curator of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, said, “It has been wonderful having Wild Ones St. Louis on board with the Native Plant School program. Together we have brought more than a decade of classes and educational newsletters to our community. Our News from Native Plant School newsletter is now connecting to nearly 2,000 people. I look forward to reaching out to a thousand more in the coming years!”

The Bartrams in My Backyard – Lecture

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

John Bartram and his son William explored the American Colonies from New England to Florida in the 1700’s discovering and collecting native plants, cultivating them on their farm near Philadelphia and selling them to clients in England. A self-educated man, John was made “Botanist to the King” and William’s keen observations of nature were recorded in his book “Travels” as well as in 68 botanical illustrations now held by the Natural History Museum of London.

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Native Plant School Newsletter – February 2016

Native Plant School logoThe February edition of the Native Plant School newsletter contains topics on:

    • Warning: Oriental Bittersweet Invades Missouri
    • Looking for volunteers for Honeysuckle Pull in the Garden, March 10
    • Seen in the Garden: Ozark Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
    • Gardening Tips
    • Monarch Research
    • Native Grasses
    • Upcoming Classes
      • Converting Lawn to Seeded Prairie or Savanna, February 11
      • Pruning Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines, March 10
    • Program Reminders:

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