MONPS is Now Taking Applications for the 2021 Stan Hudson Research Grant
(Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2021)

The Missouri Native Plant Society announces the availability of funding for research projects conducted by college or university students under the supervision of a faculty member. This award honors the late

H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a longtime member of the Missouri Native Plant Society whose passion for the flora of Missouri and its conservation inspired his friends and family to create a small grants program in his memory.

To qualify for the Stan Hudson Research Grant, research must involve Missouri native plants in some way, but may have as its primary focus any pertinent subject-area in plant biology, including conservation, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution, etc. The grant may be used for any non-salary expenses relating to the proposed research, including travel, equipment, and supplies. For 2021, we anticipate awarding two grants in the amount of $1,000 each. At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients will be expected to prepare research results for publication in a scientific journal, and present their research at the MO Botanical Symposium during the year following the award.

Proposals should not exceed 5 single-spaced typed pages and should include:

  1. Description of the project;
  2. How the project relates to native Missouri plants;
  3. Estimated completion date;
  4. Overall budget for the research;
  5. How an award from the Stan Hudson Research Fund would be used;
  6. A list of other funding received or applied for toward the project.

Applicants should also include a current curriculum vitae. In addition, two letters of reference must be included, one of these being from the student’s faculty advisor. Materials may be submitted by mail (in triplicate) or preferably electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Letters from the applicant’s references may be submitted as e-mail messages. Proposals will be reviewed by the MONPS grants committee. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2021, and announcement of winners will be made by 1 March 2021, with funds to be awarded by 1 June 2021.

Application materials should be emailed to:
Malissa Briggler

Staying in Touch with Nature During the Corona Virus Epidemic

We thank the Hawthorn MONPS Chapter for providing these suggestions.


Videos and Podcasts

Deep Roots KC Virtual Series: https://deeprootskc.org/stayhomekc
Live events are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm and video recordings are available. Topics include: Help your pollinators reproduce, Finding Stress Relief in the Garden, Starting Native Gardens from Scratch.

Natural Areas Association Webinar Series: https://www.naturalareas.org/webinars.php
Topics include: Assessing the Nation’s Native Seed Supply, Invasive Species Control using Goats.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRTOCg02RJINQ8w5LiQREQ
Topics include: How to Create a Native Container Garden with Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Carol Davit TED Talk “Why Prairie Matters—New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape.”

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://themeadowproject.com/hometown-habitat
Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy video of a recent presentation.

Social Media/Citizen Science

iNaturalist.org: https://www.inaturalist.org
Install the app on your smart phone and you can upload your plant observations and help others identify theirs on the go. “Missions” displays a list of plants you are likely to see based on your location.

Track leaf-out on Journey North: https://journeynorth.org
Also tracks hummingbird and monarch migrations each year.

Facebook Groups

Missouri Native Plant Society: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MONPS
Helpful experts who will help you ID plants if you upload a photo. The discussion is limited to natives, not general gardening questions.

Missouri Prairie Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/MOPrairie

Grow Native!: https://www.facebook.com/grownativemidwest

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/plantsocieties

Instagram Hashtags:
https://www.instagram.com #missourinativeplants #grownative #moprairie

Plant ID and Selection

Native Plant Finder from the National Wildlife Federation: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants
As simple as entering your zip code, the Native Plant Finder displays lists of flowers and grasses, and trees and shrubs ranked by the number of butterfly and moth species that use them as host plants for their caterpillars.

Grow Native! Plant Picker: https://grownative.org/native-plant-info/plant-picker
From the Missouri Prairie Foundation Choose your criteria and the plant picker will suggest plants.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database: https://www.wildflower.org/plants
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at the University of Texas at Austin. The Native Plant Database is useful for locations across the country.

Biota of North America Project BONAP: https://bonap.org
You may have seen range maps from BONAP on native plant nursery sites but the site has multiple resources.

Wildflower Search: https://www.wildflowersearch.org
This website helps those of us with limited knowledge of botany to identify plants that are found outside of gardens. This help is provided by presenting you with small images of plants. You can use many search techniques to get to the images that are most likely the plant you are looking for. When you click on a plant image the program shows you links to plant descriptions and more plant images. This site has many ways of searching for a plant. A crowd-sourced site that includes detailed information about when and where the plant was seen. Not strictly natives.

USGS Land Cover Viewer: https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/science-analytics-and-synthesis/gap/science/introduction-land-cover-viewer?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
This ArcGIS tool may seem intimidating at first, but you can use the map to view the types of land cover at or near your home, and make an educated guess about what plants would have been there historically by examining nearby “green areas” on the map that may not be as developed as your residential neighborhood.

Missouri Plants Database: http://missouriplants.com
Photographs and descriptions of the vascular plants of Missouri, USA

Missouri Native Plant Society is a member of the Grow Native! program

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The Missouri Native Plant Society is a proud member of the Grow Native! program! This program is operated by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization and provides resources to help gardeners, farm owners, land care professionals, and planners use native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes in the lower Midwest for multiple benefits. Grow Native! also administers the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), a multi-organizational and multi-agency group with the goal of bringing greater statewide attention on early detection and control of invasive plants.

Do you want some easy and fun facts about native plants?

Of course you do! Check out the fact sheets we have about native plants and other topics. Here you’ll find information about Missouri ecotypes, native plants, gardening, landscaping, and how to avoid the nasty non-natives. If you have an idea for a fact sheet you’d like to see added, let us know!

If you just can’t get enough here, try the Wild Ones for even more information:

  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Monarch Matters
  • Publications

Bringing Nature Home

Bringing Nature Home

Are you looking for a gift for that person in your life who is on the cusp of becoming a native plant enthusiast? There is no doubt that it’s difficult to convince people to plant natives so insects can eat them! Isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid, they’ll say? Look no further than Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home. In particular, Tallamy makes the case that the birds that so many people enjoy absolutely depend on native plants to raise the insects and spiders needed to raise their young. It’s an easy and compelling read and has convinced me to put as much of our farm as possible in natives of some kind.