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Drink A Beer, Save A River Series Kicks Off with Memphis Green Drinks

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Drink A Beer, Save A River series at the Ghost River Tap Room on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm! We had a great turnout, and we were excited to announce our collaboration with the Memphis Green Drinks moving forward. The event was held on World Water Day, and we had the unique opportunity to celebrate the great work of many local organizations who are committed to sustainable practices in our community that evening. Thank you to the Center of... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Friday, March 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Registration & Fundraising Open for Cycle the Greenway

Presented by Orion Federal Credit Union Saturday, June 3, 2017 7600 Wolf River Blvd. Registration: $40   Register Today!   When you register for Cycle the Greenway, you have the opportunity to fundraise and earn incentives along the way!   Greenway All-Star:   Raise $100 (includes registration fee)   Cycle the Greenway Technical T-shirt   Goody... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Friday, March 24, 2017 | 0 comments

February 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Share the Love: We Salute Jim Keras Subaru

The Wolf River Conservancy was the local recipient of Jim Keras Subaru's  Share the Love Campaign , a national fundraiser for all Subaru dealerships each holiday season. Jim Keras Subaru promoted the Wolf River Conservancy at their dealership during November and December of this past year, and raised over $30,000 for the Conservancy! We are grateful for the employees and staff at Jim Keras Subaru for promoting the Conservancy and for all who supported this campaign.  Thank... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Record Attendance for the Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting

Over 500 volunteers joined the Wolf River Conservancy at the 12th Annual Tree Planting on Saturday, February 25th at Shelby Farms Park. Volunteers planted a total of 544 native trees, including 400 dogwoods along the Walnut Grove section of Shelby Farms Park, and a variety of other trees nearby.   A small group of hardy volunteers also took on the difficult task of removing Bradford pear trees, an exotic invasive species. Thank you to our presenting... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, February 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Chickasaw Plum

                On Feb. 25th at Shelby Farms Park, volunteers planted 500 native trees of the following species:  Flowering Dogwood ( Cornus florida ), Southern Magnolia ( Magnolia grandiflora ), American Holly ( Ilex opaca ), Common Persimmon ( Diospyros virginiana ), Tulip Poplar ( Liriodendron tulipifera ), Parsley Hawthorn (Crataegus marshallii), and Chickasaw plum ( Prunus angustifolia ). We highlight the Chickasaw Plum ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, February 27, 2017 | 0 comments

January 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Sell-Out Crowd at Source to Sea Film

The Memphis premier showing of the documentary “ Dale Sanders: Source to the Sea ”  at the Brooks Museum on Saturday, January 14 th was a tremendous success with a capacity crowd of 250 people.  The theater was filled and tickets were sold out; our apologies to those folks unable to purchase tickets at the door. Viewers enjoyed the documentary which followed our very own Dale Sanders on his journey from the source of the Mississippi River in... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Volunteers Step Up in January

  Andrew and Mallory Halliburton 40 volunteers including Buffalo Soldiers, MPD officers, and staff from the Shelby County District Attorney General's office, worked at Kennedy Park on the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan.16th.   Thanks again to Wayne Roberts for his continued assistance in leading our Kennedy Park projects! Andrew and Mallory Halliburton - a father-daughter team -  enthusiastically cleared privet at the Lucius Burch trailhead on... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Groundhogs

The groundhog ( Marmota monax ), also called woodchuck or whistle pig, is one of 14 species of marmots, and the only one that occurs in the Mid-South.  The other North American marmots are confined to nothern and western alpine or open forest regions.  All marmots are burrowing, herbivorous rodents in the squirrel family (Sciuridae) which enter true hibernation in the late fall and emerge in late winter or very early spring.  Our customary Groundhog Day on... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 23, 2017 | 0 comments

December 2016 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, January 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Hands-On Conservation with Citizens of All Ages

     Many thanks to the Webelos from Scout Troop 457, the Cordova Elementary School Robotics Club, the environmental science students and staff from Raleigh Egypt High School, and other adult volunteers who joined us in service projects during the first two weeks of December!    On Saturday morning, Dec. 10th,  several Webelos and their parents (Troop 457), and volunteers Natasha and Marcus Mayton attacked the privet near the trail... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 0 comments

43 Acre North Fork Property Protected

North Fork Beauty While the Wolf River is well-known to Mid-South residents, many are unfamiliar with its largest tributary – the North Fork Wolf River or North Fork for short.  Moscow, TN, refers to itself as the “City Between Two Rivers”  because it is located at the convergence of the North Fork with the larger Wolf River. Covering more than 80,000 acres, the North Fork sub-watershed is a substantial feature within the larger Wolf River... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, December 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Sustaining the Wolf Challenge Grant: Triple Your Impact

Sustain the Wolf Challenge Grant Ends December 31st Give to the Wolf This Holiday Season   We have surpassed $55,000 towards our Sustaining the Wolf Challenge Grant. That means less than $20,000 to go to receive our full match! All new or increased gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to our friends at the Hyde Family Foundations.  And now, all gifts will be TRIPLED through the generosity of Ring Container Technologies. Just... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Native Hollies

  Winterberry       Possumhaw The hollies native to the southeastern U.S. make wonderful additions to the home landscape while supporting our local ecosystem. Some are deciduous and some are evergreen, all have inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers which are either male or female, and all produce fruits which are technically "drupes"  but are commonly called berries.  Native holly berries are an important source of food for... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 0 comments

November 2016 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, November 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Wolf River Conservancy & Jim Keras Subaru - Share The Love

We are very excited to announce that the Wolf River Conservancy will be the local charity recipient of the  Share the Love Campaign , a national fundraiser for all Subaru dealerships each holiday season.  Jim Keras Subaru will be promoting the Wolf River Conservancy at their dealership. For all new vehicle sales purchased or leased now through January 3rd, Subaru will donate $250 to charities across the country, including the Wolf River Conservancy here at Jim Keras Subaru.  ... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, November 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Fall Service Projects Improve Habitat, Trash and Trails

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR HELP IN PRESERVING THE WONDER OF THE WOLF! Oct. 28 - AT&T volunteers   made huge progress on the boardwalk trail at Kennedy Park, removing hundreds of pounds of rotten wood and trash.  This clears the way for an Eagle Scout to come in and finish the boardwalk.  Oct. 29  - Halloween Bat House Project at Lovitt Woods - Thanks to the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 0 comments

A Warm Welcome to Jackie Doyle, Our New Office Manager

We are pleased and excited to introduce our new office manager, Jackie Doyle, to all of our members and supporters! Jackie comes to us with a great deal of nonprofit experience, most recently the Ronald McDonald House. She also possesses a great passion for the mission of the Wolf River Conservancy and has enjoyed meeting many of our volunteers and donors. Jackie will oversee the Conservancy's general office operation including donor records management, human resources,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Thank You for a Wonderful Greenway Soiree

Thank you to all of our sponsors, planning committee members, guests and volunteers who helped make this year's Greenway Soiree a night to remember! With music from Earnestine & Hazel's Band, great items to bid in our silent and live auction, and wonderful food from Paradox Catering & Consulting, we are glad we could  Celebrate the Wolf  in style. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, FedEx, and all of our sponsors for their commitment to the Wolf River... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Friday, November 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Report from the 2016 Land Trust Alliance Rally

     Land Trust Alliance - Rally 2016 - by Ryan Hall, WRC Land Protection Associate Upon my arrival in Minneapolis, it was 40 degrees colder than in Memphis.  This temperature shock would not be the last surprise at the Land Trust Alliance Rally - the 2016 National Land Conservation Conference - from Oct. 28-30.      . In the conference sessions, land trusts from across North America shared their successes, difficulties, new... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Blackstripe Topminnow

    The upper Wolf River provides habitat for many species of small fish, each dependent on the clean water and abundant vegetation found in its unchannelized meanders.  The Blackstripe Topminnow ( Fundulus notatus ) can often be seen schooling in shallow water at Bateman Bridge and other spots along the upper Wolf, especially when the river level is low and the water is clear.  Look for the light spot on top of its head along with a distinct... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 0 comments

October 2016 Enews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 0 comments

$75,000 Challenge Grant Awarded by Hyde Family Foundations Launches Sustaining the Wolf Campaign

Keith Cole, Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy, announced a $75,000 challenge grant from the Hyde Family Foundations at the Conservancy’s Leadership Luncheon on September 22.  The grant allows the Conservancy to benefit twofold from certain gifts made to its “Sustaining the Wolf” Campaign, which has a goal of reaching $150,000 in unrestricted, annual giving by December 31. Any new, additional, or increased gifts from individuals will be doubled –... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteers Needed for the Halloween Bat House Project

Come on out to Lovitt Woods on Saturday morning, Oct. 29th, to assist us with re-installing a couple of large bat boxes!  Biologist Chris Grow of Ensafe, Inc. will lead the effort, along with WRC staff. We'll need to haul some long wooden posts, tools and other equipment, and some extra hands - especially strong ones - would be welcome.  However, we also welcome those who simply want to visit Lovitt Woods and learn a bit more about our local bats.  We probably won't... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Five Star Habitat Projects with SGIS and Kingsbury Students

    SGIS students On Oct. 21st, 9 eighth graders from St. George's Independent School (SGIS) joined WRC staff at Lovitt Woods to clear privet on a beautiful fall morning.  Working cooperatively and energetically, the kids accumulated a huge pile of cut privet in just a couple of hours. THANK YOU!      Before and after The Kingsbury High School garden club met WRC staff after school on Oct. 25th to continue the transformation of the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 0 comments

New Piperton Access Dedicated on Oct. 26th

        New Piperton Access Area Unveiled October 26th  by the Wolf River Conservancy, TVA and TWRA The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC), in partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), unveiled the new Wolf River Piperton Access Area on Wednesday, October 26 th . The Piperton Access Point now provides easier access and entry to over 4,000 contiguous acres in the Wolf River watershed. Keith Cole,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Tennessee Bats

    Eastern Red Bat ( Lasiurus boreali s ) Feared and persecuted for centuries and now facing multiple threats including the menacing disease known as White Nose Syndrome, the 16 bat species which occur in Tennessee are wonders of nature which consume vast numbers of insects, providing millions of dollars worth of agricultural pest control.  Many homeowners now want to attract bats to their property by installing a bat house where bats can shelter during the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 0 comments

September 2016 ENews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, October 7, 2016 | 0 comments

IP and Rhodes College Lend a Hand for Habitat

   Rhodes College student volunteers Hats off to some hands-on volunteers who worked hard on behalf of our community and its wild places in September.  As part of the United Way Day of Caring, 13 volunteers from International Paper assisted WRC with the Kennedy Park boardwalk project on Sept.17, pitching in to carry and place heavy boards and railroad ties through a wetland area.  Their efforts are a part of a greater effort by Wolf River Conservancy and local... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

         Gulf Fritillary Adult Gulf Fritillary Butterflies ( Agraulis vanillae ) are abundant and easily seen this fall, but many people don't know its name and tend to confuse it with another orange and black butterfly, the larger and more famous Monarch.  The large silvery spots on its underwings are a giveaway; Monarchs don't have these. Gulf Fritillaries are most at home in the southeast, though they will expand their range... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Thanks and Best Wishes to Kimberly Thomas!

                            Many members and friends of the Wolf River Conservancy have had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Thomas, Wof River Conservancy's wonderful office manager.  Many of you know Kimberly as that friendly voice on WRC’s phone line, or you would recognize her by her perpetual smile at any of our various events. Regardless of how you know her, we... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments

August 2016 Enews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Drink A Beer, Save A River - Local on the Square

Join us for our monthly Drink A Beer, Save A River series at Local on the Square from 5-8 pm. $1 of each Ghost River Beer will be donated back to the Wolf River Conservancy, along with all proceeds from a specialty brew. Come join us for happy hour! For more information, please visit our Activity Calendar or Facebook Event . Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Auction Items Needed for Greenway Soirée

The Greenway Soirée will feature both a live and silent auction on Saturday, November 12th. The success of the auction relies heavily on donated items and experiences from our local community. We are asking for your help!  If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in donating an auction item, please fill out our Auction Form . We are asking that items have a suggested value of $50 or greater. All donors will receive recognition in our event... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Ticket Sales Open for Greenway Soirée on Saturday November 12th

  Save the Date Greenway Soirée Benefiting the Wolf River Conservancy Presented By: FedEx Saturday, November 12th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Opera Memphis 6745 Wolf River Boulevard Memphis, TN 38120 Help us celebrate our great milestones of  Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf ! The Greenway Soirée is our largest fundraising event, and we hope you will join us for a... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Monarch Butterfly Programs Get Great Response

    On Aug. 22nd, Cora Lund Preston of the group Monarch Joint Venture traveled all the way from the University of Minnesota, where the program is based, to Memphis to share her knowledge of monarch butterflies with interested members of the Midsouth community. After an excellent all-day workshop on monarch butterfly biology for which every spot was filled,  a large crowd of 90 or so people turned out for Cora's evening lecture entitled... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Thank You to Our Lausanne Interns!

    Last week, Lausanne Collegiate School sent a group of 10 students entering their sophomore year to spend four mornings in a row learning from and working with the staff of Wolf River Conservancy.  They spent their first morning in air-conditioned comfort, listening to a series of presentations about the Wolf River and WRC's work, in addition to reviewing the WRC website and brainstorming ideas for improved outreach to young people.  The... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Intern Spotlight: Haley Deatherage

My name is Haley Deatherage and I am going into my second year at the University of the Ozarks. I am majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Business and another in Outdoor Leadership. I chose an internship at the Wolf River Conservancy because I was looking for a well-rounded experience that would fit with the three things I am currently studying. During the past month, I have gained many valuable experiences and have gotten to meet really amazing people. I got to spend a lot of... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Pokeweed

  American Pokeweed A ubiquitous aggressive plant sometimes used as an ornamental,  Pokeweed ( Phytolacca americana ) is a study in contrasts – edible young plants become highly toxic with maturity,  birds gobble up the abundant berries which are especially dangerous for young children and pets, and its chemical compounds are being studied for both anti-cancer properties and for use in solar panels.  Pokeweed has been utilized for thousands of years by... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, August 19, 2016 | 0 comments

July 2016 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Choose 901's Drink A Beer, Save A River Article

Where:  Hammer & Ale (921 S Cooper St, 38104) When:  Tuesday, August 9 from 5-8 p.m. Cost:  Free, just bring money for beer! Photo: Bethany Kent Photography + Design For every Ghost River beer bought, $1 will be donated to the Wolf River Conservancy, which protects and preserves the Wolf River and its watershed. So bring your friends, drink some beer, and celebrate the efforts being made to protect our Memphis water. Ghost River Brewing Co. gets... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 0 comments

The Ghost of West Tennessee from the Tennessee Valley Authority

There are many legends on how the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in west Tennessee got its name. Some say the river runs through a cursed cypress swamp; others claim they still see Yankee soldiers fighting rebels in the darkness. No matter what the truth is, Keith Cole, Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy in Memphis, Tennessee, says the Ghost does not disappoint as one of the best paddle adventures in west Tennessee. Drifting the cool, dark swampy waters shaded among... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 0 comments

FedEx, Autozone, First Tennessee Volunteers Brave the Heat for July Service Project

   About two hundred summer interns with FedEx, Autozone and First Tennesee teamed up for a large volunteer effort to serve five different local non-profits on July 22.  The interns worked through Serve 901 to assist Wolf River Conservancy, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Clean Memphis, Agricenter International, and Roots Memphis with a wide variety of projects. WRC's Jim Gafford led one group of interns in a bluebird nestbox and bat house construction project; these... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Intern Spotlight: Nate Outlan

There are many facets to the Wolf River Conservancy internship, but above all, the people I have met throughout the process have made the most impact. Being an intern for WRC has introduced me to many determined, involved Memphians who truly believe in this city. With their drive, this city has begun to grow towards a better place unlike I have ever seen before. Now, that might be because I was younger and had not been introduced to all of this yet; however, I think positive steps are easily... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC Offers Paddling Opportunities for Kids and Families

  A Scout and his dad learn to kayak. The WRC River Guides have been busy this summer - not only with membership river trips, but with activities designed especially for youth and families.  WRC has offered several family-friendly urban paddles, appropriate for small children who can ride in canoes with their parents with plenty of supervision from WRC Guides keeping a close watch on everyone.  These have become very popular trips: 31 people registered for our most... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Corporate Spotlight: Orion Gives Back to the Wolf River Conservancy

Orion Federal Credit Union has done their part to protect and preserve the Wolf River and its watershed through sponsoring Wolf River Conservancy events for the past three years. Orion FCU employees have volunteered at the WRC Annual Tree Planting, participated in our Cycle the Greenway event and demonstrated their commitment to protecting our Memphis drinking water, land and wildlife in the Wolf River watershed. Orion Federal Credit Union, we thank you for your support of the Wolf River... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, July 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Indigo Bunting

  Male       Female Indigo Buntings are in the same family of birds as Northern Cardinals and, though they aren't seen at bird feeders as often, they are equally beautiful  They love weedy fields and shrubby areas near trees. Plenty of this kind of habitat is found along the Wolf River both within the city and outside of it, so that visitors to the Wolf River Greenway or paddlers in the Ghost River section are likely to see the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 0 comments

June 2016 ENews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, July 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Vote Dale Sanders, Greybeard Adventurer, for the Canoe and Kayak Awards

Dale Sanders, our Director of Outreach, also known as the Greybeard Adventurer for his paddle from the source to sea of the Mississippi, has been nominated for the Canoe and Kayak Awards. Please show your support for our very own and vote Dale for the Spirit of Adventure category! Voting ends Wednesday, July 20th at 11:59 PM PST. Please click below to vote and read more about Dale's paddling accomplishments. Vote Now Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, July 11, 2016 | 0 comments