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Who We Are

We are one organization with two locations at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

Diversity message from Matthaei-Nichols

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Earth Words (our blog)

Invasive of the Week: Oriental Bittersweet

Last year we reported on oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), a uniquely noxious invasive woody vine. Today we’re bringing it back for another look, with some ID tips and other details. Oriental bittersweet is found in many different habitats. To...

Photo Gallery: Things with Wings Summer 2020 – Readers’ Photos

Dozens of our enews readers and Facebook followers responded to our call for photos of Things with Wings. Thank you for these amazing photos! They really capture the stunning diversity of insects and birds that fly around us, sometimes seen, sometimes...

Invasive of the Week: Garden Valerian

By Katie StannardAfter some initial research, valerian might seem like a friendly herbal plant with an extensive history of traditional medicinal uses. And it is. And sometimes, it’s not. It’s all about location: when a plant roots outside of its native...

Things with Wings: Six-Legged Shape-Shifters

By Joseph MooneyOur final Things with Wings focuses on metamorphosis—basically Greek for “change shape.” Many insects undergo metamorphosis. There are two kinds of metamorphosis: complete and incomplete. Monarch butterflies, for example, completely...

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