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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

Volunteer Spotlight: Eileen Sojourner

 by Dale Sanders Eileen Sojourner has been an active volunteer WRC River Guide for nearly three years, serving as Lead River Guide on several Ghost River Section trips. In addition to her help on paddling trips, however, it is Eileen's behind-the-scenes work on WRC River Guide Steering Committee which has so often made it possible for WRC to offer the programs which are now enjoyed by many. When volunteers are needed for booth staffing, tree planting and other community support... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, February 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Nutria

    Nutria             Muskrat National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 21-27) provides an opportunity to discuss the nutria or coypu ( Myocaster coypus ) , an invasive semi-aquatic rodent which resembles a muskrat. Native to southern South America and introduced onto fur farms in Louisiana in the 1930's, nutria eventually escaped from captivity and became established in wetlands of the Southeast. They have now spread to most states in the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Sunday, February 21, 2016 | 0 comments

January 2016 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, February 5, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC Launches Wolf River Greenway Ambassador Program

WRC Needs You! The Wolf River Conservancy has a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis to launch our Wolf River Greenway Ambassador Program. We are looking for a team of 5-10 people to be in our first Ambassador class. This group will go through a training course and have on-the-job training on the existing sections of the Wolf River Greenway Trail. They will go out on foot or bicycle to provide Greenway users with information and assistance and enhance their experiences with... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 25, 2016 | 0 comments

Large Urban Swamp with Heron Rookery Protected

    Buttonbush ( Cephalanthus occidentalis ) and Bald Cypress ( Taxodium distichum ) in newly protected swamp. In the Memphis neighborhood of Berclair not too far from Jerry’s Sno Cones, an amazing forested wetland provides a refuge for wildlife. Thanks to a generous donation of property, Wolf River Conservancy is proud to announce that another 37 acres of this important habitat is now preserved, adding to an already protected adjacent property, the Sherrod-Hill Preserve, a... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, January 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Full Moon Gatherings on the Wolf: A New Activity for 2016

  In 2016, we are introducing our membership to a new opportunity to enjoy our wonderful Wolf River! Back in 2015, the WRC river guides gathered on the banks of the Wolf a couple of times to socialize with each other as they watched the full moon rise over the river. Feedback from these events was so overwhelmingly positive that we would like to formally open up the activity to participation from our WRC membership. The first of these events was scheduled for Saturday, January... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, January 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Support WRC Every Month - Join the Neshoba Circle

Join the Neshoba Circle and provide ongoing, monthly support to further the mission of the Wolf River Conservancy. For as little as $10 a month, you will be supporting the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the Wonder of the Wolf. For more information about the Neshoba Circle and all of our membership and giving levels, please follow this link. Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Registration Open for Cycle the Greenway

Registration is now open for the Wolf River Conservancy's Cycle the Greenway. The event will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 7600 Wolf River Blvd. For more information on how to register and fundraise for the event, please go to the Cycle the Greenway Website .  Event Details Date:  Saturday June 4, 2016 Event Start/Finish:  7600 Wolf River Blvd., Germantown, TN 38138 Event Timeline: 6:30 AM - Check-In and Walk-Up Registration Begins 7:15 AM - Welcome... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteer at the 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting

  The 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting is the largest volunteer event for the Wolf River Conservancy and will be held on Saturday, March 12th from 9-12 pm at Shelby Farms Park. Presented by International Paper and FedEx, hundreds of volunteers will help plant over 325 one-inch caliper Eastern Redbud trees and establish native butterfly gardens along the Walnut Grove side of Shelby Farms Park. We need your help to complete this project! Register to Volunteer   Sponsor A... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Sponsor a Tree and Support WRC

The 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting will be on Saturday, March 12th at Shelby Farms Park. Volunteers will plant 330 one-inch caliper Eastern Redbud trees along Walnut Grove Road. The cost of each of these trees is roughly $15. We are asking for your help by considering to sponsor the cost of a tree (or many trees), so that more funds can go to future programs and service projects at the Wolf River Conservancy. We have a goal to raise $5,000 for the needed 330 Eastern Redbuds for our tree... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: Nesting Great Horned Owls

  Great Horned Owls ( Bubo virginianus ) are very early nesters in Tennessee, often laying eggs in late January.  This makes sense because owls hunt at night and can take advantage of short winter days, and because the eggs (usually 1-3) need about 33 days of incubation before hatching.  It's another 7 weeks until the young owls fledge and 2 or 3 more weeks to become competent flyers. The young will remain with their parents, learning to hunt and relying on them for support,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Results of the Lucius Burch SNA Survey

The purpose of the survey conducted during the fall of 2015 was to provide an opportunity for the general public to weigh in on a proposal to extend a portion of the Wolf River Greenway along the east side of the Wolf River and through the northern unit/landscape of the Lucius Burch State Natural Area. This is a public opinion survey and not a statistically valid survey, meaning participants were not randomly selected. 1) Survey participants mostly use the LBSNA for mountain bicycling,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 0 comments

December 2015 Enewsletter

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Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Two Water Workshops in Early 2016

Thanks to support from  Buckman, the Wolf River Conservancy will host two water workshops for educators and other interested adults in March 2016.   Healthy Water, Healthy People, designed for educators of grades 6 through university level, will take place at the campus of St. Georges Independent School on Friday, Mar. 11th.  One week later, on Mar. 18th, a Project WET workshop will be held at Memphis Botanic Garden.  Project WET is especially appropriate for elementary... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Wolf River Paddling Outlook for the Coming Year

    Jim Gafford and others, Lost Swamp Trail, Dec. 2015 The 2016 WRC Paddle schedule will not be disappointing. Thirty four activities are scheduled and possibly more will be added at the river guide planning meeting in January. We will keep the First Saturday Paddle venue and paddle popular destinations like the Ghost Section, Lost Swamp, Michigan City and the urban Wolf. This year we are adding a Mother's Day Paddle, which will complement the traditional Father's Day program. ... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Natural Highlights: The Christmas Bird Count

  The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science program in the country.  In 1900, bird-lovers decided to change the holiday tradition of shooting as many birds as possible to simply counting live ones instead.  Birders have since come together every December for 115 years to identify the birds in their vicinity in order to keep track of the distribution and abundance of bird species. It's not too late to participate in one or more counts led by Tennessee... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Special Tax-free IRA Gifts … Charitable Rollover Extended

For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 18, the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as the Wolf River Conservancy free from federal income tax each... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Tax Incentives Made Permanent for Conservation Easement Donations

On December 18, in a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 to pass the bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. This follows the 318-109 vote in the House. This legislation has been a priority for the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) for a decade, and it represents a huge win for conservation, for landowners and for the land trust community. Now that the President has signed this bill into law, the incentive will be applied retroactively to start... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments