Welcome to Wild Ones Big River Big Woods Chapter

 CHAPTER MEETINGS

There is no Wild Ones Big River Big Woods chapter meeting in February.  The Design with Nature Conference on February 16 took the place of the February chapter meeting.  See you back at Autumn Grove Park, Roseville for our next meeting on March 28.

March 28

A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities

book cover

by John Moriarty

John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, has a new book published by the University of Minnesota Press on the plants and animals of the Twin Cities and where to find them. John’s talk will highlight some of his favorite places in the metro and provide interesting natural history facts for some of the plants and animals included in the book.

From the University of Minnesota Press website:

This easy-to-use guide gives novice and long-time naturalists alike the tools to find and explore these natural places in the metropolitan Twin Cities, some within the city limits and all within an hour’s drive of downtown Minneapolis.

John J. Moriarty is a congenial expert on the remarkable diversity of plants and animals in the region’s habitats, from prairies and savannas to woods and wetlands such as swamps and marshes, to fens and bogs, lakes and rivers, and urban and suburban spots. Featuring Siah L. St. Clair’s remarkable photographs, maps, and commentary on natural history, this field guide invites readers to investigate the Twin Cities’ wildlife—familiar and obscure, sun-loving or nocturnal, shy or easily observed.

The book includes descriptions and write ups on over 30 places across the metro to see a wide variety of plants and animals, including Baker, Carver, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves and Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Many of the photos were taken in Crow-Hassan and Elm Creek Park Reserves.

John will have books for sale and will do a signing after the talk.

Date:  March 28
Time:  6:45 pm to 7 pm informal sharing and social time, 7 pm to 8:30 pm presentation
Place:  Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN Map


 

Frogtown Green’s 6th Annual Green Gathering, February 24,
2-4 pm

 

 

 


We Have a Winner !

photo Bumble Bee on Common Milkweed by Leanne Phinney

Bumble Bee on Common Milkweed by Leanne Phinney

Leanne Phinney, Big River Big Woods Chapter member and Treasurer, won first place in the Pollinators Category of the Wild Ones 2018 photo contest.  Excellent work, Leanne!


Big River Big Woods 

Big River Big Woods is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.  We draw our membership primarily from St. Paul and the surrounding communities.

Our chapter has regular monthly meetings most of the year and garden tours in the warmer months.  We meet at Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN  Map

Meeting times: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  The first half hour is a gathering/social time.  The program begins at 7 pm.

Meeting schedule:

In January, March through May and September through November we meet on the 4th Thursday of the month.  (No February or December meeting. The Design with Nature Conference takes the place of the February meeting.)

During the summer months (June, July and August) we provide a variety of tour opportunities which take place on various days of the week.  Tour descriptions and dates and times will be announced on this website as they become available.

Mission Statement:  Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization that informs and teaches people how to use native plants in their landscapes.  Wild Ones distinguishes itself from other garden organizations by encouraging gardening with native plants and moving away from the use of chemicals, watering, excessive mowing and other practices commonly used by traditional gardeners.


Volunteer for one of our Service Projects

Roseville Library Children?s Reading Garden
2180 North Hamline Avenue, Roseville

Join us to help with the children’s reading garden. This outdoor area is framed by natural plantings and includes a rain garden as well as a natural prairie. The garden is used frequently by families with young children who enjoy the fenced in area to safely play outdoors while visiting the library.

Schedule (Rain or shine):
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bring gloves and hand tools if possible.  Beginners and experts are welcome!

Project Leader:
Nicole Brinkman, 651-724-6032, nicole.m.brinkman@co.ramsey.mn.us

For more information, download the flyer.

Island Lake Elementary Butterfly Garden
Island Lake Elementary School, 3555 Victoria Street N, Shoreview

Enjoy time with your kindred spirits while you help restore and maintain a 5-year-old patch of native prairie.

This 36′ x 36′ Eagle Scout project had suffered several years of neglect until our Wild Ones Chapter took it on a few years ago. 

July Schedule (Rain or shine – except lightning):
Thursdays, July 19 and 26, and Saturdays, July 21 and 28.
Anytime between 9 and 11. Even an hour makes a difference. 

Come when you can and leave when you need to.  Bring water, gloves, and favorite weeding tool(s).
Contact Karen to confirm specific date and time as weather and other factors can affect the schedule.

Visitors are welcome anytime. This is a full sun pollinator garden where you can see giant versions of some full sun natives. e.g. Butterfly milkweed.

Project Leader:
Karen Eckman, home – 651-483-8460, cell – 651-260-8534, k.eckman@comcast.net.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
1199 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul

Members of Big River Big Woods have adopted an area of the Classroom and have become regular EcoStewards.  EcoStewards work from May to early October and help to build this unique wild learning space in our capital city.

Being an EcoSteward is a volunteer position with St Paul Parks & Recreation focused on restoration and maintenance of CWOC. Interested volunteers will be trained and directed to work on an assigned parcel of CWOC. EcoStewards (or teams) can work on their own hours, independently and log their progress online. Tasks include weeding invasives, picking up trash, reporting new growth, and planting natives.

Watch this space and the calendar for future scheduled volunteer days at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.  Contact the Project Leader if you need more information.

Project Leader:
Judi Petkau, 612-578-7385.

If you have suggestions for other projects in the East Twin Cities Metro area please send your suggestions to  bigriverbigwoods@gmail.com.  Let us know if an evening gardening time would work better for you and which day and time. Everyone welcome