Growing up on a farm in Michigan, I have been interested in outdoor activities all my life. Gardening, birding, watching butterflies, and hiking are some of my hobbies. I am available to present programs on native plants, birds, or butterflies and to lead nature hikes.

Anne Parmley,

Metropolis Garden Club President

Garden Clubs of Illinois, District VII, Bees, Birds, & Butterflies Chairman

Master Naturalist

Founding Member of the Massac Nature Study Society

Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Member

Friends of the Cache River Watershed Board Member

Butterfly Enthusiast


The next Metropolis Garden Club meeting will be Monday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street, Metropolis. Hostesses are Amy Morgan and Barb Krempasky. The program will be Pruning Knock-out Roses by Audrey Williams. Anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to attend.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet at the Metropolis Public Library lower level on Saturday, July 10, at 12:30 p.m. The Hummingbirds of the World talk by John Schwegman gives an overview of the biology and evolution of today’s Hummingbirds including photos of 77 of the world’s 343 known species. While now limited to the Americas and West Indies, fossils reveal that they once lived in Europe as well. The Hummingbirds that have been photographed in the wild by the John Schwegman family (except the Bee Hummer from Cuba) include 56 from South and Central America, 10 from North America, and 5 of the 18 West Indian Hummers. One image shows the number of Hummers by country. The images include the Giant Hummingbird, Racket-tailed, Sword-billed, and Bee Hummer. Some of the “primitive” Hermit Hummers and several of the species restricted to just a few small valleys in the Andes are shown as well. While tiny the Hummingbirds are among the most colorful and beautiful of birds. Their iridescent feathers literally shine like neon when the light strikes them. Come and see some of the most colorful birds in the world.

Everyone with an interest in nature is welcome to attend.

Some of my favorite links:

Butterfly Links

Metropolis Garden Club

District VII, Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. Be sure to look at all the information about pollinators. Just click on Special Projects, then Planting for Pollinators.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society

Illinois Audubon Society

Southern Illinois Wildflower Map This will open in a browser but may not in the maps app.

A local source for native plants is Southernwood Gardens, phone: 618 833 2769 or 697 3798, located at 4650 Rhine Rd, Alto Pass, IL.

North American Butterfly Association

revised June 28, 2021.