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October 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Rhodes College Students Return to Lovitt Woods to Clear Privet

    On Oct. 4 and 5, Rhodes College environmental science students, led by Dr. Graham Tuttle, returned to Lovitt Woods with Conservancy staff to clear a large area of invasive privet, having seen for themselves the negative effects of privet on biodiversity.  Back in Sept., the same students had conducted a plot study to determine whether or not the diversity of small woody plants was greater in privet-free areas than in areas covered in privet.  They found a clear... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, October 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Wolf River Greenway Celebrates Downtown Grand Opening

The North Mud Island section of the Wolf River Greenway formally opened to the public on Saturday, Oct. 21, marking a transformation from a former dumping ground to a 1.2-mile paved trail in a park-like setting at the Wolf River’s confluence with the Mississippi River. The celebration was complete with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, music, free yoga and fitness classes, Jimmy Ogle walking tours, Community Partner booths, food trucks, kids games and more. Some 700 bikers,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Spiny Orb Weaver

    Spiny Orb Weaver Spider ( Gasteracantha cancriformis ) Walk through the woods in early fall around here and you're likely to see - or run into - numerous spider webs stretched across the trail and between the trees.  Most of these are constructed by the orb weaver spiders (Family Araneidae), perhaps our most familiar group of spiders, well-known by people of all ages for their intricate and beautiful wheel-shaped webs.  The famous... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, October 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Fall 2017 Currents

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 0 comments

September 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, October 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Grace Kasper, Our Youngest Donor!

   Grace Kasper Let me introduce you to Grace Kasper, one of our newest donors, certainly our youngest, and among the most generous and unselfish supporters we have had the pleasure to meet in quite a while! You see, Grace is 7 years old and in the first grade at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and she recently celebrated her birthday.  For her birthday party this year, Grace decided that, instead of store-bought presents, she would ask her friends to bring donations... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Restoring the Shortleaf Pine

Shortleaf Pine ( Pinus echinata ) is a drought-tolerant, hardy, fairly slow-growing native tree of great economic and ecological importance - a resource for lumber and wood products, asource of wildlife food and shelter, and a dominant species in a diverse and unique plant community. But populations of the Shortleaf Pine have declined dramatically, over 50% since the 1980's, due to urbanization, beetle infestations, and other factors.  Participants in the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 25, 2017 | 0 comments

4-H Kids Learn Tree I.D.

Students Learn to Identify Trees Wolf River Conservancy helped teach students, parents, and supervisors how to identify trees.  The National Hardwood Lumber Association and the Agricenter hosted several County 4-H groups from across west Tennessee. Overall 26 students ranging from elementary to high school participated in a two-day event that taught students many aspects of forestry. Ryan Hall of the Conservancy highlighted the different tree characteristics that are used to... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, September 22, 2017 | 0 comments

International Paper Employees Make Huge Impact at Epping Way

The Wolf River Conservancy is lucky to have committed corporate champions. International Paper is one of our corporate benefactors who not only provides ongoing financial support to advance the mission of the Conservancy, but they volunteer their team to clean and protect the Wolf River watershed. Employees from International Paper, through their IP Day of Caring, volunteered Friday morning at Epping Way in Raleigh. The group of 25 volunteers helped remove invasives, cleared storm... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Friday, September 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Students from Rhodes Investigate Lovitt Woods

    As part of an environmental science course under Dr. Graham Tuttle, two groups of Rhodes College students visited WRC's Lovitt Woods property on Sept. 6 and 7. Their objective was to compare the woody plant diversity of an area infested with invasive privet with an area which had been cleared of large privet about two years ago. The students identified and counted all small woody plants in 1 sq.meter plots, first in the cleared area, then in a... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, September 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Project WET Workshop Set for Nov. 21!

Registration is open for the Project WET Water Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 21st!  The workshop is especially for formal and informal educators, but is open to all interested adults and is offered at no cost to participants. For more details and registration, please visit the event link HERE . Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, September 18, 2017 | 0 comments

August 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Thanks to Our Lausanne Interns!

A group of 10 students from Lausanne Collegiate School spent four days with Wolf River Conservancy in August, learning about our work, doing outdoor service projects, and having fun on the Wolf River. Our thanks to Andre, Trey, Bryant, Andrew, Whit, Stephen, Rafaela, Jim, Marino, Drew and their teacher, Mr. Chase Kearl, for their hard work, good humor and enthusiasm, and a special thanks to Mr. Columbus (Stephen's dad) for his help shuttling vehicles before and after our Wolf... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Bryozoans

Have you ever found a big, brown, gelatinous blob in a pond or a lake - or a slow-moving section of the Wolf River - and wondered what the heck it was?  Bryozoans, also called moss animals, are among the wierdest aquatic creatures both in the Midsouth and in the world, so ancient that their exact place among other living things is still a mystery to science.  Colonial, filter-feeding animals which superficially resemble corals, nearly all bryozoans live in marine... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 0 comments

July 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Project WET Wrap-up: Learning to Teach About Water

A group of 31 local educators and administrators attended an all-day workshop focused on water on July 25th.  Everyone left with a copy of the award-winning Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 after trying out a number of the activities themselves - which meant they had fun, too! They also learned more about the Wolf River, the Memphis Sand Aquifer, a variety of water issues, and local water education resources including Wolf River Conservancy, CAESER, Clean Memphis and Memphis... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Pistolgrip Mussel

  Pistolgrip ( Tritogonia verrucosa ) Budding paddler and naturalist, Cooper Blevins, all of 3 years old and the  grandson of Jeff and Eileen Sojourner, found several large living native mussels during the annual Stream Stroll at Bateman Bridge.  The largest was a beautiful Pistolgrip Mussel ( Tritogonia verrucosa ), one of the easiest mussels to identify because of the distinct ridge on its shell. Unlike some of our native mussel populations, Pistolgrips seem... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Meet Our Summer Interns, Grace and Jessica

 Jessica Martin        Grace Sammarco   Jessica Martin: Growing up in the Alabama wilderness, I developed a deep love of nature from an early age. I would spend countless hours roaming the woods behind my grandparent's house, climbing trees with my cousins to see who could make it the highest, collecting insects in jars simply to gain a closer look, and sharing sunflower seeds with my dog in a field of grass as the days wound to an end. I... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments

June 2017 ENewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Remembering Wayne Roberts

  Wayne Roberts leading volunteers. We are saddened to report that one of Wolf River Conservancy’s most devoted volunteers has passed away.  Wayne Roberts, a Navy veteran, husband, father, grandfather, avid community leader, and good friend, always brought energy and a worker’s mentality to the countless service projects he led and meetings he attended.  A recipient of Wolf River Conservancy’s “2015 Outreach Volunteer of the Year”... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Cycle the Greenway Surpasses Fundraising Mark

The 11th Annual Cycle the Greenway, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, was a huge success, raising over $45,000 for the Conservancy. We had 150 cyclists enjoy our scenic ride on the Greenway and throughout Germantown and Collierville on Saturday, June 3rd. Congratulations to Don Campbell, the top individual fundraiser, and to the top fundraising team, Memphis Hightailers. Thanks again to presenting sponsor, Orion Federal Credit Union, platinum sponsors Buckman,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Welcome to Bob Rogalski, Our New CFO!

We are very excited to announce the appointment of Bob Rogalski as the Chief Financial Officer for the Wolf River Conservancy. Bob  has many years of financial leadership experience in both the non-profit sector and also private industry, having been associated with BRIDGES and Time Warner Cable.  Bob has a degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Memphis.  Besides work, Bob's priority is his family;... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, June 26, 2017 | 0 comments

A Good Night for Frogs

    June 3rd was a busy day for Wolf River Conservancy, with both Cycle the Greenway and a First Saturday paddle trip during the day, and our annual Frog Chorus Walk that night at the Mineral Slough boardwalk near LaGrange. This was actually the second frog walk of the year.  The first, on May 20th, took place despite a high chance of storms, and was a pleasant evening after all, with several adventurous participants and a few glimpses of frogs among the leaves.... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, June 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Whirligig Beetles

              Whirligig Beetles (Gyrinidae) are very common on the surface of all kinds of water in the Midsouth, often seen in large groups gyrating and spinning crazily around each other, somehow without ever colliding.  There may be a method to this madness, however. Apparently the tiny waves produced by moving in circles are more effective at helping the beetles detect prey items at the surface.  A whirligig beetle's club-like... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 0 comments

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May 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, June 2, 2017 | 0 comments

May Service Project Recap: Thank You Students and Volunteers!

Many thanks to the following groups for their contribution to our mission during the month of May! May 5th, Grace St. Luke's 6th Graders and Teachers, at Lucius Burch Trailhead in Shelby Farms Park; clearing privet and maintaining pollinator beds.       May 5th, Girl Scouts, at Lucius Burch Trailhead in Shelby Farms Park; planting young trees in area newly cleared of privet, and visiting the river.       May 10th, Kirby High... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 0 comments

2017 IP EcoChallenge Trips Bring Smiles to Students

     Two small groups of students from Winridge Elementary and Soulsville Charter Schools boarded buses on May 16th (Winridge) and 17th (SCS) for an exciting IP=sponsored trip out to Fayette County and the wildlands of the Wolf River.  First stop was the William B. Clark Preserve in Rossville for a walk on the boardwalk and a look at a real bottomland hardwood swamp.  From there the students traveled on the Bateman Bridge to board the shuttle which took them... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Lizard Tail

  Lizard Tail Lizard Tail is a common and abundant wetland plant that is blooming right now in the bottomlands along the Wolf River.  Those frequenting W.C.Johnson Park in Collierville can see several large colonies along the boardwalk there, as can visitors to the Kennedy Park wetland trail in Memphis and the Mineral Slough boardwalk in LaGrange, in addition to many other locations. Saururus cernuus , also called Lizard’s Tail or Water Dragon, is an... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, May 26, 2017 | 0 comments

April 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

2017 Summer Lecture Series Begins June 19th

Here's who will be speaking at our Summer Lecture Series at the Memphis Botanic Garden: June 19 - Jack Kenner, Photographing Nature in Your Backyard and Beyond. July 10 - Dr. Dwayne Estes, Our Native Grasslands August 7 - Heather Holm, Native Bees September 11 - Dr. Jason Hoeksema, Wild Mushrooms Lectures are held at Memphis Botanic Garden at 6:30pm and are free to members of Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden.  $4 admission for non-members helps... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Thanks to Earth Day Volunteers at Dogwood Elementary!

     Dogwood Elementary School has a new garden in the Tennessee-shaped bed in front of the school - thanks to some wonderful volunteers who refused to let the rainy weather stop them on April 22nd.  The volunteers removed weeds in preparation for new plants, and then planted a selection of Tennessee native perennial plants which will attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife. The plants included coneflower, coral honeysuckle, smooth aster, blazing star,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

100 FedEx Volunteers Improve Outdoor Classrooms at Kingsbury Schools

      On the morning of April 10 th , purple shirts swarmed the courtyard at Kingsbury High School and the playground at Kingsbury Elementary School as 100 FedEx volunteers spent their morning helping the schools improve their outdoor classrooms. WRC Education Director Cathy Justis has been working with both schools for a long time as part of the Five Star Restoration Program funded by FedEx through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.   Volunteers... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

TDEC and WRC Hold Dedication Ceremony for Elder Tract

      A small crowd gathered in the LaGrange town square on Wed., April 26th, to dedicate the newly acquired Elder tract as part of the Ghost River State Natural Area       Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Ghost River Bird Songs

Perhaps you're planning to join the early morning Spring Birding Paddle Trip this Saturday, or you would simply like to identify some of the birds you might hear the next time you paddle the Wolf.  Here are 10 bird species frequently heard along the Ghost River section of the Wolf River. If you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of these beauties in the foliage, too! Cornell Lab's All About Birds website and the Macaulay Library are both great resources... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 comments

March 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 0 comments

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

Natural Highlights: Alligator Snapping Turtle

   Common vs. Alligator Snapping Turtle One of the many fascinating species living in the Wolf River is the Alligator Snapping Turtle ( Macrochelys temminckii ), America's largest freshwater turtle.  These turtles are rarely seen on the Wolf because they are almost entirely aquatic bottom-dwellers, hanging out under root masses and in debris in the deeper parts of the river and wetlands in the watershed. Females do exit the water to lay eggs in surrounding... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, March 22, 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