Know Your Ferns, Part 1
with special guest leader,
Dave Wendling,
Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones

Saturday, June 29, 2024
7 pm
Portman Nature Preserve 

This is a beginner field trip for those that don’t know their ferns or for those who just want a refresher. We will cover the structure, reproduction, and identification of the ferns. You will learn how to key them out in the Fern Finder and get some hands-on experience using it in the field. By the end of the field trip you should be able to identify ferns on your own using the field guide.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Click here to register.
Please note, attendance is limited to 15 people
What you will need:
♦   A copy of the Fern Finder by Hallowell and Hallowell, an inexpensive pocket field guide to the northeast ferns (available at this major online retailer – or shop around, many stores carry it). 
♦   A hand magnifier will also be helpful. If you don’t have one, we will have some that you may borrow for the field trip. You may also use your smart phone magnification app.
♦   Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring your favorite insect repellant.
Please . . .
Leave four-legged friends at home for this guided, nature study. Thank you!


Dave Wendling is a retired Family Physician, a grandfather, and an amateur naturalist.  Ever since childhood he has been interested in the natural world.  In addition to native plants his current interests are the Michigan native turtles, frogs, ferns, mosses, and lichens.
He is a volunteer with many of the conservation groups including Michigan Nature Association, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones. He has been a member of Wild Ones since the year 2000 and has been president for six years. He has served as president of the Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones and Michigan Botanical Club, SWC.


Approximate street address:
28700 block of 49th Ave., Paw Paw, MI  49079

42.2407938040102, -85.83129742965583

From I-94 take the Mattawan Exit (# 66) and head north (right) from the traffic circle onto Main Street. Head north for 1 mile to reach Red Arrow Highway, then turn left (west). Go west for 1.5 miles, then turn right (north) onto 27th Street (look for Owsiany Farm Stand on the corner). Continue traveling north for 0.75 mile, then turn left (west) onto 49th Avenue. Go about 0.75 mile to the preserve entrance on the right/north side of the road (just west of the old white farm house at #28534).

When filling out the registration form, please be sure to enter the name of the event (for example, “Know Your Ferns 1.”)

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