Tea & Topics: Winter Prairie Plant ID

January 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tea & Topics Winter Prairie Plant ID with Matt Smith

Wish you knew more about the native plants at Riveredge Nature Center… and maybe even in your own backyard? Join Matt Smith, Riveredge’s Director of Research and Conservation, to learn about winter plant identification and their pollinator importance.

Enjoy lunch or a snack while you learn in person with us, or on Zoom.

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Tea & Topics are always free to join! | Ages 16+

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January 11 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Bug o’the Week – Closed for June Ii – Bugs! Love ‘em or – well — love ‘em by Kate Redmond

Bug o’the Week
by Kate Redmond

Closed for June II Bugs! Love ‘em or – well — love ‘em

Howdy, BugFans,

Here’s a pot pourri of articles about insects for your enjoyment.

Bug Love: the BugLady is aware that some BugFans read Bug o’the Week selectively, skipping episodes like the one about the Cockroach (you know who you are).  Why?  Because, among other reasons, certain bugs give us the heebie-jeebies.    https://www.npr.org/2017/03/26/520250032/to-put-you-at-ease-with-creepy-crawlies-entomologists-face-your-fears?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20191031&utm_campaign=best-of-npr&utm_id=2548916&orgid=675

Crowded skies: we know that birds and bats and some charismatic insect megafauna like Monarch butterflies and Common Green Darner dragonflies migrate.  So do some of the little guys, and in Biblical numbers.  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/506581610/bugs-abound-if-you-think-the-skies-are-crowded-you-have-no-idea

How long have people been enthralled by insects?  Probably since they started slapping them and scratching the bites and discovering that they occupied the same caves.  For fellow History Geeks, a timeline of entomology – (be sure to click on the picture by van Kessel) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_entomology_%E2%80%93_prior_to_1800

This week, June 19th to 25th is National Pollinator Week.  Bumble bees are the main pollinators of red clover (an important livestock food) because the nectar prize is deep in the floral tubes, and some species of long-tongued bumble bees have tongues long enough to reach it.  Here’s a guide to native pollinators: https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator.org/assets/generalFiles/3002022284_Bee-Identification-Guide.pdf.  

Kate Redmond, The BugLady

Bug of the Week archives:
http://uwm.edu/field-station/category/bug-of-the-week/

Nature Detectives: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs!

July 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Nature Detectives: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs!

Dig in the dirt and sweep the prairies! We are looking for the creatures who are responsible for pollination and decomposition here at Riveredge.

Ages 5-12

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July 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

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FAIRY FEST!

June 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

FAIRY FEST!

We know you love Frog Fest and our amphibious friends, and we do too- that is why we are letting the frogs take a break this year. Introducing Riveredge’s first FAIRY FEST! We are celebrating the mythology, lore, and the flying beings that inhabit Riveredge. Robbie the Gnome, Bigfoot, fairies, minpins, and reedgivers; butterflies, dragonflies, fairy shrimp- let’s see who visits!

Activities will include:

– Storytelling with fantastical friends
– Making your own flower crowns, wings, and wands
– Creating a take-home fairy garden
– Learning all about fairy friends- butterflies, dragonflies, and other pollinators- and how to take care of them!
– Potion making! Brew a fruity potion to drink
– Face Painting

Come dressed for the weather AND the occasion. Costumes are encouraged!

For ages 2-12; Children should be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adults)

Members: $10 | Non-members: $15

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