Monarch Tagging at North Kingsville Sand Barrens

North Kingsville Sand Barrens
Monarch Tagging

Field Notes 23.ix.2017

Greetings Everyone,

The field trip observations Amy Goletz penned in her Monarch Tagging narrative regarding intent, possibilities, and seeing reminded me of one of my favorite passages:

“Happy is the man who finds his diversion in nature. No matter what misfortune may overtake him, he finds solace with the limitless variety of relationships with which he is surrounded and never lacks a compelling interest.”

Frank C. Pellet, Flowers of the Wild, 1931

Since its beginning, our society has been blessed with many dedicated individuals who have generously shared their knowledge, time, and insightful interpretations of nature with our members and guests through writings, leading programs and field trips, and through conversation at these outings. Later this month at our annual meeting dinner, the society is honored to present our Gentian Award to just such an individual who has devoted his life to guiding people of all ages in developing their own set of eyes for seeing the richness and intricacies of our natural world and their own path toward understanding and caring. Due to his compelling interest in our natural world, our members and all of nature’s creatures he has cared for over the years have been blessed for knowing him. I know I am.

Thank you Judy and Larry for nurturing our ability to see nature on this outing. Thank you Amy for writing this wonderful field trip narrative. In doing so, you have gifted those who were present an opportunity for reflection and others a way to imagine being there. Well done!!

Wishing one and all unending curiosity,

 Lisa K. Schlag
Treasurer and Webmaster
Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio

NPS: Invasive Species Workshop Presentation Available for Viewing

The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio extends appreciation to Mr. Joel Firem land steward with the Geauga Park District for sharing his time and knowledge of ecological issues with our members and guests in attendance on 22 July 2017 at West Woods nature center.

Joel has provided his powerpoint presentation on invasive plants for online viewing for those who were unable to attend the July program and for those who would like to view his presentation again. It is posted on our revised Threats to Native Plants page.

Thank you!

Plant Search: help locate field sites of co-occurring populations

Plant Search: help locate co-occurring populations

squarestem monkey flower

great blue lobelia

Dr. Randall Mitchell is looking for field sites with co-occurring populations of squarestem monkey flower, Mimulus ringens and great blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica. Both of these plants occur throughout the Midwest in or near wetlands, including floodplains and bottomland forests, swamps, seeps, soggy meadows, ditches, woodland borders, moist pasture areas ....

These plants are pollinated by native bumble bees. He is trying to see if:

  • the plants compete with one another for bee visitation; and
  • whether they affect each other's reproduction.
Ideal sites would have many (>100) individuals of each plant species interspersed, but he is interested in any site that has both of them. If you know of a place where they co-occur, Dr. Mitchell would love to hear about it!

Call Dr. Randall Mitchell at 330.972.5122, Department of Biology, University of Akron, Akron OH 44325-3908 or email Dr. Mitchell,

Thank you for your interest and help!!

National Park Service: 2016 BioBlitz at Cuyahoga Valley National Park


2016 National Park BioBlitz at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

May 20-21, 2016

The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are teaming up for the 10th year to conduct a BioBlitz in over 100 national parks across the country! BioBlitz serves as part of a national celebration of biodiversity commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service.