Wildflowers of Michigan Nature Association (MNA) Sanctuaries

This is the Sierra Club SEMG program for Thursday, June 1, 2017. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI (at the corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.).

The purpose of the Michigan Nature Association is to acquire, protect and maintain natural areas that contain examples of Michigan endangered and threatened flora, fauna, and other components of the natural environment, including habitat for fish, wildlife and plants of the state of Michigan and to carry on a program of natural history study and conservation education. They started six decades ago as a small bird study group. Today, they have a statewide network of more than 170 nature sanctuaries across Michigan.

Bird Island Sanctuary

Picture:  Bird Island Sanctuary

This program will highlight several MNA sanctuaries in southeast Michigan and beyond with excellent wildflower displays across a variety of habitats. You will also learn how you can help MNA with volunteer efforts at these sanctuaries and our other properties statewide. For more information, see their website: https://www.michigannature.org/.

Bio: Rachel Maranto has been with the Michigan Nature Association for three years. As a Regional Stewardship Organizer, she is responsible for the management of MNA’s 50 sanctuaries in southeast Michigan. Rachel attended college at Indiana University, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. Prior to MNA, she worked for the Natural Area Preservation field crew in Ann Arbor and in the Pacific Northwest as an AmeriCorps member.

Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly.
Open to the public; any interested person can attend.
6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing
7:00-7:10 Announcements
7:10 Presentation

Thanks to Joanne Cantoni for finding and arranging for this program.

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Author: Art Myatt

Retired engineer and environmentally aware activist with Green Party of Michigan, Sierra Club and Alliance to Halt Fermi 3.

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