2020 Events

2020 Menomonee River Area Wild Ones (WO) Programs  

Most programs are held on the third Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The indoor programs (February to April and October) will be held at the Lisbon Fire Department, N54 W26455 Lisbon Road (CTH K), Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Yard tours will meet at the tour site unless carpooling or other special arrangements are made.

The meetings are free and open to the public.  Please invite guests.  

January 15 Trout in Your Backyard– Presented by Rick Larkin, Habitat Committee Co-chair for Southeast Wisconsin Trout Unlimited. The program will explore stream restoration efforts in southeast Wisconsin’s trout streams and Lake Michigan tributaries. Learn how including native plant reintroduction is a valuable tool in this effort.  (At the Menomonee Falls Library)

 February 19Tree Identification – Learn some basic principles to use in the identification of woody plants in both winter and summer.  Member Jeff Kante is currently the state chair for the Society of American Foresters.

March 18 – Canceled MilkweedJim Price, active in Friends of the Monarch Trail, will speak on native Wisconsin milkweed species, their ecology and interaction with monarchs and pollinator insects. 

April 15 –   CanceledTilia, Wisconsin’s First Conservation Dog – Cory Gritzmacher, Restoration Manager, will bring Tilia.  Learn about her work at the Mequon Nature Preserve sniffing out wild parsnip and salamander populations.  Tilia will demonstrate her skills.

April 18, Saturday 10:00 am – Cancelled Fostering Wisconsin’s Native Bees in Your Garden Susan Carpenter,  UW-Madison Arboretum.  This presentation will help you appreciate and support native bees—from bumblebees to tiny solitary specialist species.  (At the Mukwonago Library) 511 Division St, Mukwonago, WI 53149

 May 20 Plant Division – Virtual visit to Jan Koel’s yard, and learn how to divide and replant those native perennials that have outgrown their spaces. Participation encouraged. Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/7fqBmEaUTgM

 June Annual Native Plant Sale @ Johnson’s Nursery. During the month of June, most Wisconsin natives are 40% off for all Wild Ones members regardless of chapter. Johnson’s Nursery donates a portion of the proceeds to the chapter. Thank you Johnson’s!

 June 17 – Virtual Tour  A walk at Elmbrook Nature Center – Enjoy the beauty of 17 acres of woodland, prairie and ponds.  Judy Newman is the Coordinator of the Center which provides indoor and outdoor science education for the students at Brookfield East High School. 3305 Lilly Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005  Watch this on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/74OMmL_mNgc

 July 15 –Rescheduled for 2021  Connecting with Plants through Stories – What would life have been like 150 years ago?  Imagine practical and whimsical stories of things your grandparents learned from their parents.  Wayne Pauly, past Dane County Naturalist, will draw us into the world of plants and natural science through stories that are sure to capture your imagination. Lapham Peak State Park, Evergreen Parking Lot, W329 N846 County Road C, Delafield

August 19 –ONLINE Yard Tour- Prairie Restoration and Rain Garden InstallationEnjoy the 22 acre yard of Wild Ones members Carolyn and Rick Larkin.  Carolyn is an artist and a past President of our Chapter.  Link to YouTube  https://youtu.be/zFV3R-9HN1k

September  –Planned for 2021   Tour of Retzer Nature CenterJanet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor will take us for a walk on the grounds.  Expect to see restored prairies, a colorful butterfly/ rain garden, and an oak opening demonstration area. Stay for a picnic and pot luck. S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha, WI 53188

October 21– Planned for 2021 Using Citizen Science to Address Invasive SpeciesWisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN) is focused on invasive species.  Tools like WIFDN’s invasive species phenology calendar and the Great Lakes Early Detection Network app allow us all to take action.  Learn about these tools and how to get involved from Anne Pearce, Invasive Species Outreach Specialist at UW- Madison. See the playlist on YouTube at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI0g25NwSrLaqE73cZWoTMoCR87Y97OK5 

November  – Annual Seed and Treat Exchange   Socially distant exchange of native seeds. (Members only please.)

December – HAPPY HOLIDAYS! No Program