The Milkweed Community: More Than Monarchs (but monarchs are cool!)
Everyone knows about the monarch butterfly and its needs for milkweed plants to survive. But many other insects (and some non-insects) also make their home in the milkweed community. Join naturalist and photographer Don Drife as he presents a program about the different species of milkweeds and the many organisms that feed on them (and those that make passing visits). Free. Sponsored by Herb Study Group, Michigan Botanical Club, and Ann Arbor Wild Ones.
Monday, July 10, 2017, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. For Jackson Audubon Society, Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 S. Fourth St., Jackson, MI 49203
Welcome to the Michigan Nature Guy!
Nature surrounds us. You can observe it wherever you go: the birds by the side of the road, a Praying Mantis on the wall of the Meijer store building, or an Arethusa Orchid in a quaking bog. I am never bored. Nature surrounds us. You do not need to travel to exotic places to see interesting wildlife. I photographed the Katydid and Wolf Spider in my yard in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
Nature possesses a rhythm that pulses through the seasons. Much of it is predictable but surprises abound. Seeing an out-of-season Hermit Thrush perched on a birdfeeder one cold January morning or finding a Birdfoot Violet flowering in the fall has surprised me. Discovering a Texas Broom Moth larva eating the Wild Indigo in my yard surprised me. Surprises await you, just go out and look at the natural world around you.
This site is to share what I am learning and what is going on in the natural world in Michigan. The Michigan Nature Guy’s mission statement is to get people looking at, enjoying, and understanding the natural world around them. As a generalist, I look at all things wild. I have a need to hang a name on what I see, but I can enjoy things in nature solely for their beauty or elegance.
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