Native Roots: Nature Events in West Central Indiana

Native Roots JAN-MAR 2018  (Includes “Wednesdays in the Wild”)

INPAWS member Joan Mohr Samuels publishes this quarterly newsletter “to promote the enjoyment & stewardship of natural areas in West Central Indiana!”

Why this newsletter?  Says Joan, “If you’re like me, you’d like to have all your nature news in one placeā€”so you don’t miss out on some interesting natural history programs or stewardship opportunities. That’s my intent here.”

Submissions for APR-JUN issue need to reach Joan by MAR 15th.

To receive Native Roots via email, contact Joan Mohr Samuels, Editor, at


TUES, WED, THU FEB 13, 14, 15  WORKDAYS to HELP PLANT SEEDS (wildflowers, native grasses)

     10am- noon in Greenhouse at Prophetstown State Park

                          (NOTE:  if enough volunteers, may not need third workday on Thursday)

     RSVP which date you’re coming: Angie Manuel 765-320-0503 or


FREE FROG MONITORING WORKSHOPS presented by staff from Shirley Heinze Land Trust, The Field Museum, and Indiana University Northwest; see how you can help monitor the health of wetlands throughout the Chicagoland Area:

    THU FEB 15 7-9pm Central time – Spencer Cortwright, Biology Professor at IU Northwest

or TUE FEB 20 7-9pm Central time – Alan Resetar, Amphibian & Reptile Collections Manager at The Field Museum

     Volunteers need only attend one workshop; both workshops will be held

     at Meadowbrook Conservation Center & Preserve (109 W 700 North, Valparaiso 46385)

        These workshops are for both beginning and experienced monitors. Calls of 13 frog and toad species will be taught, and monitoring protocol and survey sites will be discussed.

        The abundance and distribution of frogs over time is an important indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems, as frogs are very sensitive to changes in their environment.  By monitoring frog populations, citizen scientists can be a critical resource for land managers and herpetologists by collecting large amounts of data that would otherwise be unattainable.

       SPACE IS LIMITED!  REGISTER with Sarah:  219-242-8558 or

       MORE INFO:        


SAT FEB 17  9am-noon West Central Indiana Beekeepers Meeting

                                       at Thorntown Public Library (124 N Market St, Thorntown 46071)

                    Parking lot in back; use the south side entrance to come to basement meeting room.

       Kevin Cooley (Cooley Family Farm) will talk about his family’s experiences keeping a few hives of bees while running a market garden near Lafayette.  He’ll also describe their produce shop and the kinds of beekeeping supplies they offer as an outreach for RJ Honey.

        FOR MORE INFO:


SAT FEB 17 4pm-midnight A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee River ($7 entry fee)

                                            at TekVenture Inc (1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne 46803)–

                    a heated historic warehouse along the Maumee River in the old River City Complex

                    on the south side of the Tecumseh Bridge.

        Annual fundraiser for Save Maumee Grassroots Organization–a group that works really hard on riverbank projects to help protect water quality in the Maumee River and for the 11 million people downstream!!!

        FOR MORE INFO:  (click on events)


SUN FEB 18 12:30-2pm Central time Efforts to Stop the Selling of Invasive Plants                                                       for Landscaping in Indiana at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Ctr (1215 N Ind 49)

Presentation by expert botanist Ellen Jacquart of The Nature Conservancy.

        CALL:  219-395-1882


SUN FEB 18 2-4pm  Why Native Plants?

                                  at Plainfield Library (1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield)

          Presentation by Tom Hohman on the advantages and importance of native plants in our yards and parks. Tom is past president of INPAWS and past president of the Central Chapter of INPAWS which is hosting this free event; he heads up the chapter’s Invasive SWAT Team and is president of the Indiana Parks Alliance.  Non-members are welcome.


SUN FEB 18 3-5pm An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

                                 at Unitarian Universalist Church (333 Meridian St, West Lafayette)

         Al Gore’s new video (2017) is a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.

         After the film, Purdue Horticulture Professor Steve Hallett, author of Life Without Oil, will lead a discussion.

         FOR MORE INFO, email:  Roberta Schonemann <>


SAT FEB 24 10am-12pm Central time Butterfly Identification & Monitoring Workshop

        at Meadowbrook Conservation Center & Preserve (109 W 700 North, Valparaiso 46385)

        sponsored by Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

        Join John Henry Drake from The Nature Conservancy to learn about the species of butterflies that can be found in Northwest Indiana.  Participants will learn how to identify butterflies and how they can use their observation skills to be part of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network ( and help collect important data about butterfly populations in our region of Indiana.

        REGISTER with Sarah:  219-242-8558 or

        MORE INFO: 


WED FEB 28 6-8pm Tippecanoe SWCD Annual Meeting & Dinner “What Would Hugh Do?”

                                 at Wright Forestry Center (1007 N 725 W, West Lafayette)

            Presentation by Mark Eastman, District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tippecanoe County, will deliver “fun”damental information about Hugh Hammond Bennett or “Big Hugh, Father of Soil Conservation” who 100 years ago changed the trajectory of agriculture at a time of great crisis, and how his work set the stage for a new way of farming–one that considered the unique qualities of the soil. Learn the “how and why” of managing your soils now to leave a legacy for the future!

            Limited seating–Reservations are required. Tickets are $10 (plus small fee if do on-line)

            TO RESERVE: Call Chris Remley 765-474-9992 ext3 or

            or REG on-line:


THU MAR 1st 6-7:30pm Central time An Evening of Butterflies

                                     at Lake Village Library (9444 N 315 W, Lake Village, IN)

             Jeffrey Belth gives tips on identifying some of our common local butterflies and Barb Lucas will talk about the monarch’s life cycle, growing milkweed and how to ensure its healthy future.   

              RSVPs REQUIRED: Alyssa Nyberg or 219-866-1706


THU MAR 1 Plant List & Advance Order form Available for Native Plants Unlimited Plant Sale

               FOR DETAILS:



            WILL BE IN APR-JUN issue of NATIVE ROOTS.


SAT MAR 3 10am Central time Accessible Gardening

                              at Gibson Woods (6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323)

                Presentation by Zully Alvarado (Changes with Causes). Disabled most of her life, she will share gardening tips she has learned along the way and discuss some projects she is involved in through her organization Changes with Causes.        

                 MORE INFO: or 219-844-3188

        NOTE:  The Gibson Woods Wild Ones meets on the first Saturdays of the month; this chapter of Wild Ones puts out an informative monthly newsletter.  WILD ONES is a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to encourage biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities.


WED MAR 7 8am-3:30pm Restoration for Wildlife Habitat   (Fee $50 includes lunch.)

                                            at Monroe Convention Ctr (302 South College Ave, Bloomington)

                    Co-hosted by Eco Logic & Spence Restoration Nursery

Conference topics:      It Takes a Community – Dawn Slack

                Establishing Nectar Sources in Woodland Habitats – Kevin Tungesvick

                Identifying Common Indiana Butterflies – Jeff Belth

                Restoring Woodland Habitats – Tom Swinford

                Beyond Echinacea, Diversifying Your Pollinator Plantings – Natalie Marinova

                Taking it to the Streets: Integration of Native Landscapes

                                        in Ultra Urban Settings – John Hazlett

                Animals Respond to Ecological Restoration too! – John Shuey

FOR REG/INFO: 812-876-7711,



    at 1511 West 350 North, West Lafayette

SAT FEB 24 & SAT MAR 10 10am How to Create a Fairy Garden

SAT MAR 17 10am Bluebirds – presentation by Tipp Co Naturalist Mary Cutler

SAT MAR 24 9am-3pm Annual Clean the Feeder Event (up to 2 feeders per person)

     MORE INFO/Reserve spot: Judy Gasvoda 765-463-2098 or


Join RIP Squad Volunteers-PULL GARLIC MUSTARD!!!
The INPAWS RIP (Remove Invasive Plant) Squad

SPRING 2018 Workdays Begin MAR 6th

       NOTE–MARCH DATES/LOCATIONS in attached flyer “RIP Squad March 2018…”

       3-5pm on Tues, Wed, & Thur afternoons in parks and nature areas  

       Weeding bags will be provided, but bring gloves & dress for poison ivy!

For  Complete Spring schedule/locations and additional special workdays, contact

       Patty Jones:

Sponsored by: West Central Chapter of INPAWS and Sycamore Audubon Society in cooperation with the WL & TIPP CO Park Depts


FRI APR 6th  6pm 8th Annual Ouabache Land Conservancy (OLC) Membership Meeting

                              at Tredegar Tech Center (3400 Ft. Harrison Rd, Terre Haute  47804)

           6pm Social Hour & Silent Auction ~ 7pm Dinner followed by presentation

           “Connecting Our Past, Preserving For Our Future” by guest speaker Mike Homoya (Indiana Division of Nature Preserves State Botanist/Plant Ecologist). Prior to statehood, Indiana was a land of forests, wetlands, barrens, canebrakes, and prairies.  Herds of bison traveled ancient paths, passenger pigeons darkened the skies, and wolves, bears and panthers roamed the land.  The veracity of first-person accounts varies, but Homoya’s research will “paint” a picture of “original” Indiana during his talk.

            NOTE:  This event is open to the public (with minimum paid 2018 OLC membership donation of $25).  LIMITED SEATING so RSVP to Evan Boyer:

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