By Ranger Steve Mueller
The Michigan Botanical Club host a Spring Foray with field trips and great speakers every Memorial Day Weekend. Different Chapters from around the state host the event and this year our local White Pine Chapter is the host. You can join with minimal weekend travel distance.
Judge Ed Post will present Birds and Blooms on Friday evening 24 May at 7:30. If you have never seen his work you should treat yourself. He is one of West Michigan’s best nature photographers. Saturday evening Dave Warners will present Loving Our Downstream Neighbor: Plaster Creek Stewards Watershed Restoration Initiative. This program will have information we can apply to Cedar Creek as well. Sunday evening Al Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute will present: Climate Change and How It Will Affect the Great Lakes and the Surrounding Area.
Field trips will visit many areas within easy access to the foray meeting location. Calvin College on the East Beltline is the hub for programs and lodging for those coming from around the state. Saturday morning field trips will explore Aman Park, Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, or Seidman Park. In the afternoon visit Aman Park, Black Oak Barren, or learn about growing Native Plants and Establishing Natural Habitats to Restore an Urban Watershed.
Instead of half day field trips, there will be three all day trips: W.G. Jackson boat trip into Lake Michigan to sample aquatic life with the addition of a visit to Lost Lake, freshwater lake sponges, and a tour of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve. Other all day trips are to Lindquist/Kitchel Dunes Preserve and Rosy Mound Park or Hemlock Crossing and Eastman Bayou Ottawa county parks. Knowledgeable leaders will guide.
Sunday morning trips include Spring Park Fen and the Paul Henry Trail, Hudsonville Nature Center, or Ody Brook Sanctuary here in Cedar Springs. Ranger Steve will present an indoor program on Saturday morning about Wildflower Life Styles, Colors, and Survival before he leads the outside field trip portion at Calvin Ecosystem Preserve. Then on Sunday morning he leads a wildflower discovery at Ody Brook Sanctuary near Cedar Springs.
Sunday afternoon trips are to Maher Bird Sanctuary, GVSU Ravines and Molecular Lab, or Fern Grotto and Sandhill Farm and the TenHave Woodlands near Rockford.
Monday morning trips go to Meijer Gardens or Saul Lake Bog.
Detailed field trip descriptions and weekend registration information are available at the Michigan Botanical Club Web Site: http://michbotclub.org/. Once at the web site scroll on the left to 2013 Spring Foray.
The Spring Foray weekend is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of Michigan’s noted botanists and to spend time with people that share an interest in nature’s bounty of native wild plants.
Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the firstname.lastname@example.org Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433.