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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

10th Annual Cycle the Greenway Event Breaks Fundraising Records

     With over $40,000 raised, 140 cyclists and 12 teams, our 10th Annual Cycle the Greenway event on June 4th exceeded expectations. 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 sponsor FedEx, and gold sponsor, Jim Keras Subaru.   The largest team was Archer Malmo Peddlers with 25 cyclists.... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Intern Spotlight: Nathan Campbell Shares His Story

As a college student, I am surrounded by some of the brightest young adults in the country. Whenever people ask these bright individuals about their future goals, I hear them talk of ambitious aspirations of becoming lawyers pursuing criminal justice reform, doctors focusing on degenerative diseases, or engineers building rockets for SpaceX. But whenever anyone has asked me that question, I mumble through a mostly incoherent answer and attempt to change the topic as quickly as possible.... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC-TDEC Partnership Results in Protected Land and Improved River Access at Bateman

WRC is proud to announce two important projects resulting from our longstanding partnership with the Division of Natural Areas at Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  These projects enhance the latter part of the Ghost River section at the Bateman access. First, 28.5 acres fronting the Wolf River and bordering Ghost River State Natural Area are now protected.  Though relatively small in size, this important property was... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Coming Soon to the Wolf River Greenway

Our energetic and knowledgeable Wolf River Greenway Ambassadors are almost through with their orientation and will be headed out to the Greenway soon. They will be the ones in the bright green shirts and they are there to help you enjoy the Greenway. So, if you have questions about where the Greenway goes, what sections will be built next, trail etiquette or what birds, butterflies and plants you are seeing, ask away! They can also tell you how to get on the Wolf River and what WRC events... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC partners with TVA and TWRA to Improve Piperton River Access

In support of the Wolf River Conservancy mission, we are continually working to improve access to the Wolf River. We are pleased to share with you that the river access at Piperton has been greatly improved through WRC's collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, with a much enlarged and newly gravelled parking area and a much safer river entry point. The Piperton access point is... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Midsouth Ticks

  American Dog Tick      Deer Tick   Lone Star Tick       Gulf Coast Tick Dr. Allan Houston, a professor of wildlife ecology at University of Tennessee, brought us the not-so-great news during his June 20th lecture: ticks are here in abundance, and they are vectors for multiple diseases and conditions which affect people and wildlife. The four species prevalent in our area are the American Dog Tick ( Dermacentor variabilis ),... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, June 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Wolf River Greenway Transforms City Greenspace

The top story in this week's High Ground News is the Wolf River Greenway! Follow the link below for the full story. Wolf River Greenway Transforms City's Greenspace Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, June 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Wolf River Greenway Construction Starts Soon

Follow the link below for the Commercal Appeal Article on the Wolf River Greenway: Construction will start soon on new trail in Raleigh Read More
Posted by Barbara Kabakoff at Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 0 comments

May 2016 Enews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, June 3, 2016 | 0 comments

IP Raft Trips and a Five Star Service Project

     On May 19th and 20th, students from Winridge Elementary and Soulsville Charter School enjoyed raft trips down the last mile of the Ghost River section of the Wolf thanks to the generosity of International Paper, which sponsors these trips each year.  The groups also walk along the boardwalk at the William B. Clark Preserve and have a picnic by the river.  Even with the rain on Friday, the kids had a great time, and so did the teachers. It was... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 19th

It was a beautiful evening in a beautiful setting with some of our favorite people-- our volunteers! On May 19th, WRC showed its volunteers some love at the Memphis Botanic Garden. After some mingling and refreshments on the porch of the Guest House in My Big Backyard, Executive Director Keith Cole welcomed the group and expressed the WRC's appreciation for all the hard work our volunteers do and how much they truly help keep us running. Then, WRC Special Project Coordinator,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments

"Keeping it Wild" - The Commercial Appeal 5.22.16

"Keeping it Wild" - The Commercial Appeal front page story in Sunday edition, May 22, 2016, and accompanying video. Learn more about our recent land conservation efforts and support from Ring Container Technologies. CA Story:  memphiscommercialappeal.tn.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=177fd2ee3 CA Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/167329829 Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Itea

     Also called Virginia Sweetspire and Virginia Willow, Itea virginica is a wetland shrub with long beautiful spires of white, mildly fragrant flowers, on display now in the swamps of the Wolf River.  This plant will put on another great show in the fall when its leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange. Itea attracts pollinating insects and is an important cover plant for birds and other wildlife; so far, it is not known as a host plant for butterfly larvae. ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, May 23, 2016 | 0 comments

April 2016 Enews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, May 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Drink A Beer, Save A River - May 10th at Young Avenue Deli

Join us on Tuesday, May 10th at Young Avenue Deli for our monthly Drink A Beer, Save A River events in partnership with Ghost River Brewing and the Wolf River Conservancy. $1 of all Ghost River drafts will go back to the WRC, along with all proceeds of a specialty cask, which will be tapped at 6 pm. Come learn more about the exciting events coming up with the Wolf River Conservancy. Anyone who comes to the event on May 10th and registers for Cycle the Greenway that evening, will receive... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Cycle the Greenway with the Wolf River Conservancy on June 4th

The Wolf River Conservancy will host its 10th Annual Cycle the Greenway on Saturday June 4th. Cyclists will ride along the Wolf River Greenway with course routes varying from 28 to 56 miles. We are proud to announce that Orion Federal Credit Union is our presenting sponsor, along with sponsorship support from FedEx and Jim Keras Subaru. This year, cyclists will have the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of the Wolf River Conservancy. Check out the great fundraising milestones below! ... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 0 comments

FedEx Volunteers Improve Outdoor Classrooms at Two Schools

A new shade structure over the benches at Collierville High School's outdoor classroom was one of several projects taken on by a large group of FedEx volunteers on Earth Day, April 22.  WRC staff assisted Town of Collierville in leading projects at both Collierville High School and Schilling Farms Middle School, including new planting beds, privet clearing, planting of native plants, building and installing nest boxes, installing rain barrels, and constructing both the pergola over the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Recap: Wolf River Watershed Expo and Family Day

   A number of families joined us for our first ever Wolf River Watershed Family Day on April 23, held on the beautiful 250-acre campus of St. George's Independent School in Collierville in partnership with TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The school is located on the Wolf River and our outdoor-oriented family day included a hike down to the river's edge, a chance to paddle on a small lake, dip netting for small aquatic creatures, and testing water quality. Both... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Strickland

Jim Strickland, our latest certified WRC River Guide, has quickly gained the respect of the other guides and participating paddlers. Since early 2015, he has been one of our most trusted, stable volunteers, lending a helping hand both on paddle trips and with other WRC projects whenever he can.  Jim has participated in seven events already, including our first Polar Wolf Plunge on January 1.  He was one of only seven individuals who entered the water at Bateman Road bridge while 20... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Like an exclamation point at your birdfeeder, the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak's bold black, white and rose red colors are unmistakable.  Females and juveniles are easy to recognize, too, once you know what to look for: dramatic striping on the face, a really big beak, and sometimes beautiful orange yellow color, too.  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are one of many neotropical migrants which travel through our area during the spring and fall between wintering grounds... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 25, 2016 | 0 comments

March 2016 Enews

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Cycle the Greenway: Top Fundraiser Wins a Bike!

Join the Wolf River Conservancy on Saturday, June 4th for the annual Cycle the Greenway, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union. Cyclists will bike along the Wolf River Greenway and surrounding areas on routes between 27 and 55 miles in length. We are encouraging our participants to not only register for the event, but to help fundraise to support the mission of the Conservancy. The top individual fundraiser from this year’s event will receive a Public V7 Bike, graciously donated by ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Join Us for the Wolf River Watershed Expo!

  Wolf River Conservancy is partnering with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and St. George's Independent School (SGIS) in Collierville to launch a new event, the Wolf River Watershed Expo on Thurs., April 21st from 5-7pm and Sat., April 23rd from 9am-12pm.  The Thursday evening expo will take place in the main building at the SGIS Collierville campus at 1880 Wolf River Blvd.  In addition to presentations by Joellyn Brazille of TDEC and WRC... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Ring Challenge Grant: Progress Report

  First of all, thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Ring “Challenge” Grant. Thanks to your generosity, we closed on the “Triple Z” property at the first of this year. And, we now are protecting a 4,000 acre area of contiguous, preserved wetland. Only by combining the leverage of the Ring Container Technologies financial contribution of $230,000 along with your individual gifts were we able to accomplish this significant conservation project which will help to protect the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: A.J. Johnson and Leanne Logan

 by Dale Sanders    This month we want recognize WRC River Guides Leanne Logan and A.J. Johnson, a husband and wife team. Leanne and AJ have been active volunteers for the Wolf River Conservancy for over 10 years now. They were first certified by WRC as River Guides in 2011 and have participated in virtually every type volunteer activity offered, most of which they have either independently lead or jointly coordinated. In 2016, A.J. and Leanne will be leading Ghost... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, March 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Thank You, Tree Planting Volunteers!

      Our 11th Annual Tree Planting event on Mar. 19th was a great success thanks to 250+ volunteers and their hard work - in spite of the cold!  Besides 500 young Eastern Redbud trees, volunteers also planted two large pollinator habitats which included numerous native nectar plants and two kinds of milkweed for Monarch Butterflies.  For those who might be interested in creating their own butterfly gardens, here is the list of species planted: Common... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, March 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Redbud Trees

    The Eastern Redbud Tree ( Cercis canadensis ) is more than a beautiful harbinger of spring with pink-lavender pea-shaped blossoms covering its branches in March and April, cherished in both our backyards and natural landscapes. This small tree is also a host plant for the Henry's Elfin Butterfly and the Io Moth. Its flowers provide nectar for many pollinators and occasional food for hungry squirrels, and several animals nibble on the seeds and seed pods.  Native... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 0 comments

February 2016 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, March 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Weed Wrangle at Lovitt Woods Draws Hard-working Volunteers

     Our thanks to the volunteers who joined us at Lovitt Woods on Sat., Jan. 23rd, for the Memphis Weed Wrangle, a new statewide event focused on exotic invasive plants. This energetic group cleared invasive privet choking the understory of the forest, getting a lot of work done in just a few hours!  Removing the privet and providing more light to the forest floor will allow the canopy trees to regenerate over time.  Native understory trees and shrubs will also be... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 0 comments