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WAS programs are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.

Saving the Endangered Manatee

icon date2 Wednesday, May 15, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Katherine LaCommare, Ph.D., presents a program on one of nature’s most fascinating creatures, the Manatee. Dr. LaCommare, who teaches at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, has been studying Manatees for the past several years. Though they may not be the loveliest of mammals, they are among the most endearing and inoffensive. Unfortunately, they are also an endangered species. Join us as we learn what problems these animals face and what is being done to help them.

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The Birds of Pte. Mouillee

icon date2 Wednesday, June 19, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join the inimitable Don Chalfant for a photographic field trip to see the lovely birds of Pte. Mouillee, one of Michigan’s premier birding locations. Pte. "Mou" is a series of dikes, impoundments, and coastal wetlands on the western shore of Lake Erie in Monroe County. Many of Michigan’s rarer birds can be seen there in season, though not necessarily each year, including American White Pelicans, Yellow-headed Blackbird, King Rail, Glossy Ibis, and Tricolored Heron, in addition to the occasional mega-rarity, such as White Wagtail. Don Chalfant is a retired Ann Arbor Public School teacher, who has spent many hours walking and biking the dikes at Pte. Mou, and has photographed many birds there.

No programs in July and August, but check our web page for field trips and fall programs.

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