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80 Bags of Trash Removed from Houston Levee Access!

THANKS to the forty volunteers who gathered at the Houston Levee Rd. access to the Wolf River and collected more than 80 bags of trash as part of Volunteer Odyssey’s 2018 Service Challenge!  Our good friends from Mister Tree Service were on site with a bobcat to haul off all the trash and debris collected.  To all of you, thanks again for making our corner of the world a better place! Photos can be found here: ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 31, 2018

International Paper Employees Celebrate Commitment to Wolf River Greenway Trail

International Paper employees and their families enjoyed a great morning at the Wolf River Greenway's Confluence Park in Harbor Town on Saturday, September 29th,in commemoration of IP's gift toward the completion of the Wolf River Greenway trail project. In an opening ceremony, the Wolf River Conservancy recognized International Paper for its commitment to the project and to our overall mission to protect and enhance the Wolf River and its watershed.  Congressman... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kennedy Park Greenway Grand Opening Celebrated with Service

The Wolf River Greenway at Kennedy Park officially opened on the morning of Wed., Oct. 3rd, with a Greenway Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a service project. Over 150 people attended the ceremony.  Doug McGowen with the City of Memphis and Conservancy Executive Director Keith Cole made the opening remarks, and  Lauren Taylor with Hyde Family Foundations and Rhonda Logan with the Raleigh Community Development Council participated in the ribbon... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Welcome Back, Grace Sammarco!

Grace Sammarco interned with the Wolf River Conservancy during the summer of 2017.  She has recently returned as a new Development Intern, helping organize the Greenway Soirée in addition to other tasks.  Grace is now a student at Rhodes College where she is especially interested in international business and environmental science.  In 2017, we asked Grace to write a few paragraphs about herself for our newsletter.  You can read her article below: ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Natural Highlights: Eastern Screech Owl

  Eastern Screech Owls, gray and rufous color morphs The presence of Eastern Screech Owls ( Megascops asio ) often goes undetected because this bird is small and nocturnal, but they are common in the Midsouth and found both in and out of the city where there is suitable habitat. Screech Owls like wooded areas and need cavities for nesting, but aren't very picky about them as long as someone else has created the cavity. They look for holes created by... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, October 29, 2018

September 2018 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sustain the Wolf: Give Today & Double Your Impact

All donations received between now and December 31st, will be doubled dollar for dollar up to $100,000, thanks to the generous support from Scott and Kay Dawson. Please consider participating in the “Sustaining the Wolf” challenge matching gift campaign.  Thank you for helping preserve the Wonder of the Wolf. Give Today and Double Your Impact If you have any questions on how to maximize your contribution, please contact Kelsey Hamilton . Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Land Trust for Tennessee Needs Your Feedback

What Places in Tennessee Matter to You? Our partner, The Land Trust for Tennessee, conserves farms, parks, forests, historic sites and natural, open space across the state.  You can help this nonprofit organization further their work by answering just a few simple questions! https://landtrusttn.org/feedback/    Read More
Posted by Matt Winemiller at Monday, September 24, 2018

Volunteers Turn Out for September Service Project

THANK YOU to the many volunteers who turned out for our 4th Saturday Service Project on Sept. 22nd at Kennedy Park!!! A group of employees from AT&T and a group of Christian Brothers University students joined numerous individuals and families in collecting a huge amount of trash, clearing some invasive privet, and assembling five bat boxes for future installation along the Wolf River.  Several people also got a glimpse of the new segment of the Wolf River... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, September 23, 2018

Natural Highlights: Goldenrod

      Goldenrod blooms in September and October, lighting up fields, roadsides, and woodland edges with intense yellow flower clusters which support butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.  There are around 100 species of goldenrod ( Solidago sp.) around the world, members of the diverse aster family. Here in the Midsouth, Solidago altissima , S. gigantea , and S. nemoralis are all common.  The reputation of goldenrods as... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, September 23, 2018

Celebrating Conservancy Volunteers on Aug. 21st

As a show of appreciation to our River Guides, Greenway Ambassadors, and many valued volunteers, the Conservancy held a Volunteer Appreciation Night on Tuesday, August 21.  Our sincere thanks goes out to Memphis Botanic Garden for hosting the event.  Learn more about Wolf River Conservancy’s many volunteer opportunities at  wolfriver.org/volunteer . Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Thanks to Our August Volunteers!

 Thank you to all of our volunteers during the month of August!   Fourth Saturday Service Project, Aug. 25th, Wolf River Greenway at Humphreys Blvd.    Buckman volunteers with Springdale Elementary students and staff, Aug. 24th Lausanne Collegiate School Interns, Aug. 21-24th     Urban Wolf River clean up, Aug. 24th:          Lucius Burch trailhead, privet removal and trash pickup, Aug.... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Natural Highlights: Plain-bellied Watersnake

The Plain-bellied Water Snake ( Nerodia erythrogaster ) is the most ubiquitous water snake in our area, occurring along the Wolf River and also in streams, lakes, and ponds.  Wherever there is water, there is often a Plain-bellied Water Snake nearby.  This species is also called a yellow-bellied, red-bellied or copper-bellied water snake, or simply a yellowbelly, etc. There are six recognized subspecies and the color of the belly varies from red to yellow, but... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, August 27, 2018

Thanks to Our Epping Way Volunteers!

A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers who joined us on Saturday, July 28th, to install nest boxes for birds and two boxes for bats on the new section of the Wolf River Greenway at Epping Way!  Special thanks to bat expert Chris Grow who led the bat box installation project.  Chris had already presented a program on bats to crowd of 106 people on Monday, June 23rd, for our Summer Lecture Series at the Memphis Botanic Garden.  Special thanks also to the volunteers from... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, July 30, 2018

Family Fun on the Wolf River

A total of 80 people of all ages - 32 on July 2 and 48 on July 22 - have enjoyed our Sunday afternoon Family Fun Paddles on the urban Wolf River.  The combination of a relatively easy and centrally located river section and wonderful, helpful river guides led by Conservancy Outreach Director Jim Gafford make these paddle trips very popular!  Families paddle from the Germantown Pkwy boat access to the ramp at Walnut Grove, with stops along to way to swim and play.  On... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, July 30, 2018

Another Successful Project WET Workshop

  On July 24th, a group of 20 educators earned certificates and took home a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 , after a day spent learning about water quality and the Wolf River, and sampling some of the activities included in the 592-page book - activities with titles such as "A Drop in a Bucket", "The Incredible Journey", and "Sum of Parts."  Thank you to our sponsors, Buckman and Crawford-Howard Private... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, July 30, 2018

Natural Highlights: Big Brown Bat

  Big Brown Bat The Big Brown Bat ( Eptesicus fuscus ) is larger than most of the other bat species in the Midsouth, but it is hardly intimidating, weighing in at 32-35 grams, or a little over an ounce.  According to bat expert, Chris Grow, the Big Brown is one of the species most likely to utilize a bat box here in the Memphis area, along with the Eastern Red Bat ( Lasiurus borealis ) . Our Midsouth bats eat only insects, and lots of them, hundreds every hour, using their... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, July 29, 2018

New Conservancy Merchandise Available!

Red, White, and ... New !  New Wolf River Conservancy merchandise is available just in time for the July 4th holiday!  Visit wolfriver.org/store to see our new hats, books, t-shirts, and more!  We still have a few copies of The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy and Gardens of the High Line by Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke, each one signed by Rick Darke. Get them while they last!            Read More
Posted by Matt Winemiller at Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Thanks to Hardworking Students and Volunteers!

Besides the big Wolf River Harbor Cleanup on June 16th, several other service projects took place this month.  We want to thank everyone who came out to lend on hand:  Soulsville Charter School students and teachers at the Lucius Burch trailhead on May 31st and June 1st, Rise Academy students and teachers and Nike employees at Epping Way on June 7th, and the volunteers who joined us for our Fourth Saturday Service Project in Collierville on June 23rd!  You're the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Harbor Cleanup Makes an Impact

     Eighty-three volunteers braved the heat to clean up trash from recent flooding at the Wolf River Harbor Cleanup on June 16th. Wolf River Conservancy River Guides and members of the Bluff City Canoe Club cleared debris out of the Wolf River Harbor using their canoes and kayaks, while land volunteers picked up litter from its surrounding banks with trash bags donated from our partner, Clean Memphis. A whopping total of 72 trash bags and 60 tires were collected... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Record Turnout for Cycle the Greenway

The Wolf River Conservancy would like to thank our cyclists, sponsors, volunteers and fundraisers for their participation in this year’s Cycle the Greenway event. With your support, we raised over $42,000 and had a record number of 175 cyclists this year! A special thank you to our presenting sponsor Orion Federal Credit Union, platinum sponsors Buckman and FedEx, gold sponsors Jim Keras Subaru and Whole Foods, and all of our other sponsors who graciously supported the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, June 25, 2018

Natural Highlights: Elderberry

            American Elderberry ( Sambucus canadensis ) is so common and assertive in these parts that many people consider it a weed and kill it without thinking.  In the right situation, however, and especially in a natural area, this spreading shrub provides multiple benefits both to humans and wildlife. The blackish berries are consumed by numerous birds and mammals. They are inedible and mildly toxic to people when raw, but can... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, June 24, 2018

Conservation Organization of the Year Award

We want you to be among the first to learn that the Wolf River Conservancy has been named the Conservation Organization of the Year at the 53 rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards in Nashville on May 18 th sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. This is an important recognition for all of us – board members, donors, landowners, volunteers and staff. For over a half-century, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Recent Activities: Paddling, Projects, and a Frog Walk

Here's a look at some of our recent activities.  Thank you to all participants, volunteers, students and educators! Fourth Saturday Service Project, April 23rd, at new Wolf River Greenway at Epping Way.       Service Projects at Lucius Burch Trailhead    Grace St. Luke students, April 30th:   Griz Prep students, May 1st: Mother's Day Paddle Trip on the Urban Wolf River, May 13th:... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wolf River Harbor Cleanup Set for June 16th

Join the Wolf River Conservancy and Doxicom Global to complete an essential river cleanup of accumulated trash and litter, especially plastics! Doxicom Global is a waste stream management group, based in Jackson,TN, whose goal is to not only turn landfill waste to zero, but to remove 1,000,000 pounds of plastic from our waterways. To further their mission, Doxicom Global and its army of GreenGooroos (Doxicom staff and franchise partners) will unite with Wolf River... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Natural Highlights: American Wisteria

Visitors to the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in May will likely be treated to the sight of beautiful blooming American Wisteria vines growing along the riverbank. American Wisteria ( Wisteria frustecens ) has much to recommend it over the Japanese Wisteria ( Wisteria floribunda ) which is popular with many gardeners.  Both species have beautiful flowers, but Japanese Wisteria is a serious pest plant when it escapes cultivation and... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, May 27, 2018

April 2018 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thank You, Whole Foods!

      Thank you to Whole Foods Germantown for choosing the Wolf River Conservancy as the recipients of the Whole Foods 5% Day on Thursday, April 19th!  The Conservancy will receive 5% of profits from purchases made that day at the Germantown store.  Whole Foods also let us set up a display, and, with a little help from a kayak, a tabletop slideshow, maps and wildlife artifacts, Conservancy staff and volunteer river guides engaged customers... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Service Projects: Thanks to Students and Volunteers!

The Wolf River Conservancy provides opportunities for volunteers and students to participate in hands-on conservation, restoring and improving habitat in a variety of ways.  We wish to thank everyone who came out to lend a hand on the following recent service projects! March 24, Fourth Saturday Service Project at the Mud Island Greenway: Trash removal April 13, Buckman Volunteers at Springdale Elementary:  planting, weeding and mulching, painting raised beds. ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Natural Highlights: Northern Parula

The Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) is one of many neotropical migrants moving through the Midsouth area every spring.  Along with the Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Black-throated Green Warbers and many other bird species, the Northern Parula has a fondness for the bottomland hardwood forests along the Wolf River, and it does nest here, though it prefers to nest in hanging spanish or beard moss.  As is typical of the wood warblers, this bright little... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Good Luck to Conservancy Intern, Bailey Choudhury!

Bailey Choudhury has been interning with the Conservancy since January.  We wish her lots of luck on her next adventure in Vermont.  Many thanks, Bailey!  Read more from Bailey below: "Hi there! I’m Bailey, a senior environmental science major at Rhodes College and the current intern at the Conservancy. I have been working with the Conservancy since January, primarily in land stewardship activities. However, as the only intern in the office, I float between a... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 23, 2018

March 2018 ENewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Volunteers Turn Out for Annual Tree Planting on Mar. 11th

     Presented by FedEx and International Paper, the Wolf River Conservancy’s 13 th Annual Tree Planting was yet another successful event!  Despite multiple postponements due to rain, and cool, moist, windy conditions on Mar. 11th, 250 volunteers planted and potted over 4,000 tree seedlings.  Twelve native tree species were selected to beautify and reforest key areas in the Wolf River watershed.  The potted trees will be nurtured until they can... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, March 26, 2018

World Water Day Celebration at Memphis Made

The Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Made Brewing joined forces to recognize World Water Day on Thursday, March 22nd at their taproom. The team at Memphis Made graciously donated all beer sales and tips that day and raised over $2,600 for the Conservancy in celebration of World Water Day! Several community partners were on hand to share more about their important work and how we can create a more sustainable Mid-South. World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the water... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, March 26, 2018

Natural Highlights: Eastern Swamp Privet

  Swamp Privet Flowers If you take an early spring walk along the new segment of the Wolf River Greenway on the north end of Mud Island, you'll see something yellow blooming in the otherwise grey and swampy woods. Chances are, you'll be looking at Swamp Privet ( Forestiera acuminatum ), an obligate wetland plant at home in our riverine bottomlands.  Once the leaves come in, it resembles the exotic invasive Chinese Privet ( Ligustrum sinense ), but, though... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, March 26, 2018

Rick Darke Launches Lecture Series on June 25th

  Rick Darke will launch our 2018 Summer Lecture Series with a program entitled "The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes" at 6:30pm on Monday, June 25th, at Memphis Botanic Garden. Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on the design and management of living landscapes.  Darke's work  is grounded in an observational ethic  that blends  art, ecology, and cultural geography. Projects inc lude... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, February 26, 2018

Thanks to WRC Intern Thornton Brooksbank

Meet recent Wolf River Conservancy intern Thornton Brooksbank: My name is Thornton Brooksbank. I attended Memphis University School before moving on to pursue a Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. While there I majored in Earth Sciences and Environmental Science. I have always had a great passion for understanding the natural world around us and how it came to be. I find geology in particular to be a subject of constant fascination and opportunity to find... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, February 26, 2018

Inaugural Wolf River 5K A Big Success

Over 700 runners participated in the inaugural Wolf River 5K by Start2Finish Event Management on Saturday, January 20th. The Wolf River Conservancy was the beneficiary of the 5K, which was part of the Run the 901 Race Series, a training program for the Germantown Half Marathon. Participants were able to run on the Wolf River Greenway experiencing the #wonderofthewolf firsthand. Thank you to Start2Finish Event Management for their support of the Wolf River Conservancy! We look... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, February 26, 2018

Natural Highlights: Swamp Chestnut Oak

The Swamp Chestnut Oak ( Quercus michauxii ) is one of several native tree species we'll be planting at our annual treeplanting event on Mar. 10th. Though it can be hard to find at plant nurseries, but the Swamp Chestnut Oak is worth the search because it grows into a majestic, beautiful tree with good fall color.  Also called the "cow oak" because livestock found the large acorns very tasty in days past, and the "basket oak"... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, February 26, 2018

January 2018 ENewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Join Us! The 13th Annual WRC Tree Planting, March 10th

Please join us from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, March 10th, for the 13th Annual Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting, our largest volunteer event of the year!  We'll be potting and planting 4500 native trees to help protect and restore our watershed.  For more details, and to register for the event, please follow this link.                                         ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Remembering Esther Klyce West Pearson

IN MEMORIUM – Esther Klyce Pearson Earlier this month, the Wolf River Conservancy lost a dear friend – Esther Klyce Pearson.   A philanthropist and business and community leader, Esther was a visionary in the establishment of the Wolf River Conservancy and its mission in the early 1980’s.  In addition to being one of the Conservancy’s founders and officers, Eleanor documented the organization’s founding principles and vision and kept... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 29, 2018

Buckman Braves the Cold on MLK Day of Service

On the morning of Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15th, a big group of volunteers from Buckman refused to be outdone by the cold and the snow on the ground. A total of 54 people (34 adults,19 children, and one Wolf River Conservancy staff member) pitched in to improve the outdoor classroom area at Springdale Elementary.  They removed and replaced all the dirt in the raised beds in order to make some repairs, cut back dead plants, created a small compost bin, erected birdfeeders and a... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, January 28, 2018

Remembering Jim Strickland

        The Wolf River Conservancy would like to acknowledge the passing of a member of our River Guide Program, Jim Strickland.  Jim first joined the guides in 2015 and immediately became an active member of the group, participating in numerous membership paddles on the Wolf River, assisting during the Cooper Young Festival and Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race events and instructing his fellow guides with CPR and AED classes.  He brought to the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, January 28, 2018

Natural Highlights: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

        The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a fast-moving tiny bird, common in our area in the winter and during migration, which can be identified by its small size and its brisk, fluttery behavior, as well as a white eye ring and single white wing bar on an otherwise gray and olive green bird.  A miniscule, plain bird flicking its wings constantly and moving quickly through the shrubs and... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 22, 2018

December 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Stroll Along the Greenway Arboretum

15 people joined WRC Director of Outreach, Jim Gafford, for an easy stroll along the Wolf River Greenway Arboretum trail on Sat., Dec. 10th. The interactive, educational walk included Conservancy staff and members, volunteers for the WRC Ambassador and River Guide programs, and members of the general public.  The group spent just under two hours enjoying the beautiful December afternoon and discussing the natural features of this section of the Greenway,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Natural Highlights: The Benefits of Leaf Litter

    The leaves carpeting the floors of our forests are an integral part of the ecosystem, returning nutrients to the soil through the action of a multitude of microbes and invertebrates, retaining rainwater, slowing runoff, protecting soil and roots from erosion and temperature extremes.  Leaf litter is also crucial habitat for lots of small creatures.  Huge numbers of butterfly and moth species, for example, overwinter in leaf litter as eggs, caterpillars, pupae, or... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, December 7, 2017

Give to the "Sustaining the Wolf" Campaign!

At our Greenway Soirée on Nov. 11th, we launched the Sustaining the Wolf campaign to ensure that our mission of protecting and preserving the Wolf River continues today and into the future . Now, through a generous challenge grant from a Friend of the Wolf River Conservancy, all unrestricted gifts will be matched – dollar for dollar – up to $150,000 through December 31st.  Would you please consider making  a year-end gift that would be... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Thursday, December 7, 2017

November 2017 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, December 6, 2017