2024 Events

2024 Menomonee River Area Wild Ones (WO) Programs  

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February 2021


The Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project: Helping Birds, Pollinators and Water Quality in Port Washington through Native Plants - Chapter Meeting

This event has ended
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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Jennifer Phillips-Vanderberg is the science director for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Previously, she worked as a life scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, addressing water pollution issues primarily in eastern and southern Wisconsin. Phillips-Vanderberg is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She received her doctorate in Animal Behavior from the University of California-Davis, studying how birds are affected by climate. She grew up in Michigan, which taught her to love the birds and wild spaces of the region. After living for a decade on the West Coast, she loves being back in the Great Lakes Region and spends her free time hiking with her husband and rescue pup, Cisco, both of whom help her dig holes for native plants in her garden in Port Washington.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to all chapter members one week before the meeting.

March 2021


Beneficial Bugs - Chapter Meeting

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
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Beneficial Backyard Bugs (virtual meeting)

 Patrick (PJ) Liesch, Director of Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW-Madison

Wisconsin is home to 20,000+ insect species—the vast majority of which provide benefits to humans. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the many ways in which insects help us out and also take a look at how common these beneficial creatures can be in our own area.

Registered chapter members will receive Zoom link via email a week before the event.

April 2021


Milkweed and Monarchs - Chapter Meeting

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Discussion of Monarch Trail video and chapter meeting. 

Zoom details will be shared with chapter members via email one week before the event.

May 2021


Prairie Restoration - Woodside Elementary (tentative)

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
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Date subject to change due to weather conditions. Recorded program including the spring planting of a native tree donated by our chapter to Woodside Elementary School.

June 2021


Woodland Walk with Mary Jane Swedberg

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
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Virtual tour of Mary Jane's woodland yard. Link to recording will be shared with member one week before the meeting. Join the live Zoom session for Q&A with Mary Jane. 

July 2021


Guided Tour of Lampham Peak Prairie - Chapter Meeting

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
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Location to be determined in July and based on status of COVID pandemic. If it is unsafe to gather the membership in person, the tour will be recorded in advance, shared with members on YouTube and then discussed during a Zoom meeting.

August 2021


Hillside Prairie Tour with Ray and Kathy Knoeppel (Virtual TBA)

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
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Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases experienced in August, this in-person event has been cancelled. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notification of the recorded version of the tour.

October 2021


Native Seed Collecting - Workshop (Rescheduled for 2022)

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Saturday, October 30th, 2021
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Member prairie, TBD, Sussex Map

Note: This event has been cancelled for 2021 and be rescheduled for late 2022. 

Connie Ramthun, native plant expert from the Kettle Moraine region, will teach the collecting, storing, and planting  of native wildflower and grass seed.  After seed collection and cleaning, participants will have seeds to take home. Location is in Sussex and will be shared with registered participants the week prior to the event.

Space is very limited for this hands on workshop and will be restricted to chapter members only. A registration email will be sent to all MRA chapter members in mid-August. 

Note: Workshop assumes that it is safe to meet in person by Fall of 2021. Chapter leadership reserves the right to cancel or change this event as necessary to ensure the safety of all involved. Face coverings may be required.

November 2021


Annual Seed and Treat Exchange

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Saturday, November 13th, 2021
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Chapter members only. Location to be shared via email with members of record in early November.

Time and location to be determined closer to the event.