Southeastern Chapter of the MBC

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Meet at the Visitor Center/Spicer House, Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, MI.

24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336  

Programs at 2:00 p.m.




2018/2019 Indoor meetings

Sunday, October 7, 2018 2pm   "Michigan's Big Tree Project"                                                   Presented by Ted Reuschel,  Big Tree Project coordinator for Michigan Botanical Club.

Ted Reushel graduated from Michigan Tech in Houghton with a degree in Forestry, and spent his entire career with the Forest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ted worked in the western U.P., Northwestern lower, and in Lansing. After his retirement, Ted continued his interest in trees, and big trees in particular, by joining Andy Sawyer's team of inspectors and certifiers. When Andy retired from his post as state coordinator last year, Ted was asked to take up that position, and happily accepted.

The program Ted will be presenting will clarify what constitutes a "big" tree, and just how certain trees come to be exceptional for their species. We'll talk about how they are measured and scored, and how and where they are registered. MBC now has a nomination form right on their website. Ted will show photos of some of the largest trees we have, and also point out why some of what appear to be our largest diameter trees just don't qualify. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 2pm “ A Few of my Favorite Nature Images.”  Presented by long-time Michigan Botanical Club member, Caryle Spence. (This program was originally scheduled for February 2018, but was cancelled due to snowy weather)

Over the years Caryle has taken thousands of nature photographs.  She has selected a few of her very favorites for our program.  Images will include plants (of course), birds, insects, and scenic features. Caryle is a member of the Michigan Botanical Club and the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association.  She raises native plants in her yard in Northville to feed and raise butterflies and moths.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 2pm

“Across Michigan by Covered Wagon in 1888” by Dr. Garrett Crow President, Michigan Botanical Club

In June of 1888 an exploring expedition by Michigan Agriculture College, concerned with the botany, forestry, and agriculture of the North Country, crossed the northern Lower Peninsula from the shore of Lake Huron to the dunes of Lake Michigan. The party consisted of Dr. W. J. Beal, Liberty Hyde Bailey, C. F. Wheeler, and two botany students. The expedition was widely reported on by reporters from the Detroit Free Press and the Tribune who accompanied the group. Nearly 100 years later Ed Voss and Garrett Crow, based on all the specimens collected, all newspaper accounts, photographs in the MSU Archives, historical literature, maps and advice from local historians, attempted to reconstruct this pioneering scientific endeavor—and in 1975 retraced the route.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 No Potluck this year (2019). Program at 2pm as usual.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 2pm

Sunday April 7, 2019 2pm


Natural areas in Detroit's Parks

We have made field trips to various large parks in the City of Detroit. In 2017, we visited Palmer Park. Stay tuned for future field trips to Detroit's large parks.

Palmer Park is on the east side of Woodward Avenue between McNichols and Seven Mile Rd.

“…Although surrounded by urban areas, even to the untrained observer, these parks [Palmer, Pitcher and Balduck} show an impressive quality and quantity of plants species.

Since so little is left of the natural vegetation of the Detroit area, especially in large tracks, these three parks remain as some of the last outposts of what used to be vast tracts of forest that grew on the fertile lake bottom...” Weatherbee's Botanical Surveys 2004.


Recent past Field Trips

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1pm   Spring Wildflower Walk with Don Drife at Tenhave Woods, Royal Oak.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance (along the south fence).  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more.

Check out Royal Oak Nature Society events at Tenhave on their website:


Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2pm   Spring wildflower walk with Suzan Campbell at Palmer Park in Detroit.  Meet in front of the Community Center in the Splash Pad Parking lot. Palmer Park is along  the west side of Woodward avenue  between 6 and 7 mile roads.  Parking lot is about where Pontchartrain Blvd meets Merrill Plaisance. From 7 Mile Rd. take Pontchartrain into the park. From Woodward, just north of 6 mile, take Merrill Plaisance into the park. Come and explore the glacial lake bed and beach ridges. Early spring wild flowers seen in the park include: merrybells, trout lily, yellow violet, Canada Mayflower, trillium wood anenome, spice bush and Ohio buckeye.

This woods and trails are basically flat. There may be a few muddy or wet places. As of April 28, there will be wet and muddy places, we will try to go around the worst of them.


Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2pm    Exploring for spring wild flowers at the new Stone Bridge Trail. Rouge Park in Detroit with Ruth Hart.  Park on the side of the road near trail head, Tireman, just east of Outer Dr.

This is a short trail on the Rouge River floodplain. We will see some beautiful mature trees of many species including large Beech, Sycamore, Hackberry and Poplar. Spring wild flowers include swaths of trout lily, a large patch of dutchman's breeches, big patches of spring beauty, virginia waterleaf and scattered cut-leaf toothwort. It will be interesting to see what the flood waters have done. We are likely to hear and see some  migrating birds as well.


Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1pm  Fern Walk in Holliday Preserve with Carol Clements. We will meet in the parking lot at Hix Park (6867 N. Hix Rd. Westland) and walk into the Koppernick section of the preserve from there.  

Koppernick is a rich forest habitat with close to 20 different fern species. We will learn helpful clues to recognize and differentiate the many species of Michigan native ferns. Be prepared for insects and possibly a little mud. Most of hike is on established trail, but a couple off trail locations will be visited. 

Saturday July 21 “Field Tour of the Shiawassee Basin Preserve” 10am-12pm at Shiawassee Basin Preserve.  Trip Leader: Mike Losey

The Shiawassee Basin Preserve is a 514 acre township park located in Springfield Township, just north of Davisburg. Notably, this preserve helps protect one of the largest and highest quality prairie fen complexes in the Midwest within one of the most beautiful settings left in Oakland County. Numerous rare plants and animals can be found at the preserve, including the largest remaining population of Poweshiek skipperling, a federally endangered prairie butterfly. Tour participants will explore some of the interesting features of this park including the response of plant communities to various management techniques. In late July, we can expect to observe many plants typical of prairie fens and adjacent upland habitats, and potentially some rarities as well.


Southeastern Chapter Officers

PresidentEmily Nietering 313-278-9269

Vice President -

Secretary/TreasurerRuth Hart 313-849-2844

Director at Large - Alice Ward - 248-673-1183

Director at Large - Renee Zimmerman 248-855-0145

Director at Large - John Zimmerman 248-855-0145