Category Archives: 2019 Events

Phenology of Plants at Big Woods Project

U-M Mycology lab is conducting plant surveys in the Big Woods during leaf out this spring. The project is a collaboration led by Brian Sedio and Jordan Kueneman of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to understand the association of plant chemistry with fungal endophyte [leaf inhabiting] communities. Pictured are Rebecca Clemons and Kevin Amses.

New Addition to ES George Reserve

Just arrived at the E.S. George Reserve, this little bundle of joy: Levi A. Wenner!! And who knew we had storks?! Congratulations Kayla, Alex, and Quinn!









Nature baby not speaking a word
Nature baby free as a bird
Nature Baby living day by day
Nature Baby always floating away. Feeling the soil around my feet
The sun rays beating down with heat
My being feeling like I’m not physically here
And when I look around I’m so much more aware. The energy keeps coming my way
As I buzz through life and play
Nature Baby being free
Nature Baby that is me
That is what is meant to be. Nature Baby gave the garden lots of love and energy
And now the gardens have surrounded me with beauty
And the heavenly scents from each flower in bloom
As we share the space within this big room. Nature Baby as free as a bird
Nature Baby not speaking a word.

by Jaye (Julianna) Low


Wood Frogs Calling and Laying Eggs – Week of April 8

Mike Benard from Case Western Reserve University returned to the ESGR to collect wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) eggs this week (April 8-9).  He will raise the wood frogs in controlled laboratory conditions alongside wood frogs spanning a latitudinal gradient from North Carolina to Michigan to test for geographic variation in response to photoperiod and temperature.

See below for a photo of wood frog eggs (Ilex Pond) and a wood frog (West March 6)


Sustainable Living Experience Visit April 6-7

The Sustainable Living Experience came for their second visit to the ESGR.  This time the weather cooperated and they were able to sleep outside in hammocks and tents – fun but a little chilly.  They prepared group meals, went on a walk with Robyn Burnham, and had a bonfire complete with S’mores.