Southeast Michigan Chapter Past Events and Field Trips

October 1, 2017   Dorothy McLeer U of M-Dearborn presentation on Spiders

November 5, 2017   Carol Clements Wayne County Naturalist will present on Ferns.

December 3, 2017   Michael Kost Natural Communities of Michigan

February 4, 2018  1:00 PM Potluck followed by "A Few of My Favorite Nature Images" at 2:00 pm Presented by Caryle Spence                                                                                          Feb. 4 program and potluck was cancelled due to weather conditions.   

March 4, 2018   Julie Crick    Natural Resources Educator, MSU Extension Michigan Eyes on the Forest and Sentinel Tree Monitoring

April 8  Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program   Presented by Cyndi Ross, Friends of the Rouge and Erma Leaphart, Sierra Club

2016 Summer Field Trips

Troy Nature Center and Preserve, Troy, Sunday June 26, 2016 2 pm

Located at 6685 Coolidge Hwy. in Troy. Meet in front of the Nature Center.


Join us on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 2 pm, for an exploration of ‘Sedges and More’ at the Stage Nature Center in Troy, MI. Located at the northern edge of the River Rouge watershed, this 100-acre City of Troy preserve contains upland and floodplain forest, dry and wet meadow, and wetland habitats.  About two dozen species of Carex are present; beginners and experts alike are invited to make their acquaintance and contribute to development of a species inventory for this site. We’ll also spend some time looking at other plants in the wet meadow area. This is easy walking, on chipped trails and boardwalk.  Stage Nature Center is located at 6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, 48098, and is within a couple miles of M-59 and I-75 freeway exits.  More information about the Center, and its activities and programs, is available at   Trail maps and additional trip information will be circulated the week prior to June 26.



Rouge Park, Detroit, Saturday August 13, 2016 11am

Meet on east shoulder of West Outer Drive just north of Warren Avenue.

Join Bill Brodovich, the author of Flora of River Rouge Park which was prepared in 2003 and 2004 with for Friends of Belle Isle with funding from the EPA.

"River Rouge Park is located along the Rouge River, on the west side of Detroit.
CSX railroad forms the northern boundary and Warren Road forms the southern
boundary. The total area of the Park is approximately 1200 acres (nearly two
square miles)."

"The botanical survey of River Rouge Park conducted in 2004, though limited in
scope, resulted in the discovery of an unusual number of rare plants... Undoubtedly other rare plants await discovery."
"The presence of old growth forests further highlights the Park’s regional importance."


2016 Spring Field Trips

TenHave Woods, Royal Oak, Saturday April 16, 2016, Noon


A “Spring Wildflower Walk” is being held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016, beginning at Noon at Tenhave Woods in Royal Oak, lead by Don Drife of the Royal Oak Native Plant Society.  Park at the Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  For a map to the location of the woods:


A nice article about TenHave Woods:



Pitcher Woods in O’Hair Park, Detroit, Sunday, May 1, 2016,  time 2:30 pm.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Pitcher Woods in O’Hair Park in Detroit, join Susan Stellar and Ruth Hart as we explore one of the few remaining original woodlands in the City of Detroit. Meet at the corner of Shaftsbury and Pembroke Streets (east of Evergreen between 7 and 8 Mile). Use the address 19811 Shaftsbury in your GPS.

An excerpt from

Detroit Parks: Plant species survey 2004 (Click the link to download the pdf for the report)

“…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. While there are exotics present in each park, they tend to be clustered around the edges and along paths, leaving plenty of room for a healthy array of native shrubs and herbaceous plants under the canopy of native trees….

Since so little is left of the natural vegetation of the Detroit area, especially in large tracts, 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. These parks are, in a sense, living museums, but they are considerably more than that, as there are ongoing interactions between recruitment of young seedlings, the survival of a handful of rare individuals, the changing composition of the canopy and the mixture of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in a ‘survival of the fittest’ attempt to adapt to the surrounding urban environment…”


Cowan Section Holliday Nature Preserve, Westland, Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm


We will hike in Holliday Nature Preserve to enjoy the gorgeous display of spring wildflowers along Tonquish Creek. The Wayne County Parks Naturalist, Carol Clements, will share folklore and historic uses of the plants we see. Meet at the parking lot of the Cowan Section of Holliday Nature Preserve, off of Central City Parkway, between Wayne and Warren Roads in Westland. This hike is part of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center Adult Botany Hike series. 

April 30, 2016, the Southeastern Chapter will be hosting the Botanical Club State wide meeting.


Past programs:


Saturday August 15 9 AM - 12 PM. American Lotus in bloom at Sterling State Park

Trip Leader: Milton French

Park at the parking lot for the lotus pavilion with overflow parking across the park drive in the beach parking lot. See the American lotus in full bloom. Other plants may be in bloom also such as swamp mallow with its showy pink flowers. In addition we may see the state threatened broadleaf arrowhead. The walk will be easy and flat.

If you have a kayak, bring it along for a post-trip paddle. 

March 1 2015

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio’s Oak Openings Program: an overview of managing globally rare habitats in the Lakeplain oak openings region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Presented by Mike Losey  Restoration Crew Leader (Land Steward) for The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio Chapter. 

The Lakeplain Oak Openings is a unique region spanning seven counties in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. With over 150 state or federally listed species, it is well recognized as a biodiversity hotspot within the Lake Erie watershed.   However, despite its noted importance the natural habitat is highly fragmented and stressed by incompatible land use.  These modifications have reduced the health of the Oak Openings and threaten the native flora and fauna as well as compromise the ecosystem services the region provides.  Attendees will learn about the results of restoration treatments in these globally rare habitats, monitoring for several taxonomic groups and education/outreach elements implemented by The Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Program as well as supporting projects and strategies including the Interagency Restoration Team, Green Ribbon Initiative, the Oak Openings Landowner Registry and some of our exciting big ideas for the future of this region.

April 12 

Singing Insects of Michigan

Presented by Susanne Greenlee of Oakland County Parks planning department.

Not all the sounds of nature come from birds and frogs, as the singing insects are one of the most dominant sounds of our summer days and nights. The noisiest insect callers-- the crickets, katydids and cicadas, are introduced. The talk ends with audio recordings and accompanying slides to identify our most common insect singers.


Fall 2014 Meeting Dates

October 12 Insects in Your Backyardpresented by chapter member Joyce Drife.

A look at the many different types of insect life to be found in a ‘typical’ or not so typical suburban yard, with photos by both Don and Joyce Drife.

November 9
Searching for Rare Plants at Sterling State Parkpresented by chapter member Milton French

In early 2013, help was requested from members of the Lakeplain cluster of the Stewardship Network to search for 4 rare plants that were known to have occurred in Sterling State Park, but that had not been seen in a number of years as well as to begin a complete plant list for the park.

Botanical Club member Milton French stepped up to both challenges, visiting the park repeatedly on foot and by kayak. He eventually succeeded in finding the rare plants and compiling a list of plants for the park. Milton will share his experiences of the survey.

December 7  
Growing Winter Hardy Cacti in Michigan presented by David Hinch of Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society

David Hinch began collecting winter hardy cacti in 2007. His rock garden has approximately 25 valid species and close to another 15 varieties, cultivars and hybrids. He does not cover the plants over the winter, they are fully exposed to the elements. They are all North American cacti from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho and Arizona. His photo presentation is sure to be interesting and perhaps will inspire you the to try growing cacti outdoors.
Winter/Spring 2014 Programs
February 2

Enjoying Mosses
by Jim Toppin and Janet Traub
Mosses are part of almost every landscape, but mostly go unnoticed. They thrive throughout the year, so you can enjoy them any time you're outdoors, even in a Michigan winter. We'll introduce
some common mosses and liverworts -- they're easy to find almost anywhere, once you know where to look and what to look for. We'll explore the realm of small habitats occupied by these fascinating, yet little-known plants. Join us for our annual Gourmet (a fancy word for potluck) Dinner at 1:00 pm. Bring a special dish to share and your own table service.

March 2

Alaska - the Last Frontier
by Caryle Spence
Alaska has many natural wonders including spectacular vistas and beautiful mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, and unique wild animals and plants. Join us as Caryle presents some wonderful photos and stories of her trip to Alaska. Caryle was scheduled for last October, but had to cancel, so we'll give it another try.

April 6

The Michigan Flora Project: Past, Present and Future Information on the plants of Michigan is now just a mouse-click away at the Michigan Flora Online website. Learn how specimen data mgathered for the Michigan Flora Project at the University of Michigan Herbarium formed the backbone of this effort and how the citizen scientist can contribute to documenting plant occurrences in our state.

Meet at the Visitor Center, Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, MI.  (Potluck at 1:00p.m. February meeting only.)  Programs at 2:00 p.m.



2013 Spring programs

February 3

 Slideshow by Ray and Pat Coleman:  "World of butterflies and moths".  Photos of butterflies and moths from around the world will be shown, including many unusual caterpillar stages.  Some unusual facts will be revealed.  This program is designed to be eye appealing.  Come and Enjoy.   

   Potluck starts at 1:00 pm with the lecture starting 2:00 pm. 


March 3

"Heritage Park"  Join us to hear some of the natural history of Heritage Park presented by the Farmington Hills Nature Center staff.  2:00 pm.




"Fungus Fundamentals" 

Mary Fredricks, a member of the Royal Oak Nature Society and an enthusiastic fan of fungi,  will share basic information illustrated by photos taken in area woods.  She will explain how to make a spore print and give tips on photographing fungi to aid in identification.  2:00 pm.