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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2016 Meeting of the Muhlenberg Botanic Club

OUR MAY MEETING - May 19th at 7 pm at the North Museum.

Our last regular meeting of the spring includes our spring plant exchange and members sharing of all things of botanical interest.  Bring pictures to share or anything else of botanical interest. Also bring plants, native or not*, to share and exchange with others. There are always lots of extras for people to take home for people who don't have any to bring at this time. Everyone goes home with some good plants if they want some!

* but please don't bring any plants that are known or suspected to be problems as invasives. If you are in doubt please email Mike Slater for clarification.

FIELD TRIP: Saturday May 7, 2016

Walnut Run Area.   10:00 am- Leader Tim Draude
Meet at the Game Commission Parking lot on the South side of US 322 3.5 miles west of the inter section with Rte 501 at Brickerville. Many interesting and beautiful wildflowers like yellow lady slippers grow in the areas with rich circum-neutral soils derived from the diabase bedrock in some areas and while pink lady slippers grow only in the acid sandy soils. Having both types near each other is interesting. Many other good plants grow there as well. Hiking conditions are pretty easy except the one stream crossing can be challenging, at least with dry feet.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plants from the Mountains of Ecuador: April 21st, 2016, Presented by Dr. Susan Munch.

April 21016 Muhlenberg Botanic Club Meeting -7:00 pm at the North Museum in Lancaster

Many of the plants from the mountains and a high plateau that I visited in Ecuador are very tropical in appearance, but because of the altitude and  and cooler temperatures, others are more similar to members of the flora of western North America.  Especially among the herbaceous plants and smaller woody plants there are interesting similarities and differences when they are compared to our plants.  More info about the Trip Dr. Munch was on at the Ceiba Nature Tours Web Site.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Next Meeting Thursday February 18th at 7 pm at the North Museum.

Hello Muhlenberg Botanical Society Members,

Club President Joan King hasn't up to planning Spring Muhlenberg Club programs and field trips due to health issues. Unfortunately the room at the museum hadn't yet been reserved for any meetings this spring. Tim Draude and I and both contacted the museum and Tim just got confirmation this past Friday that we can meet there next week. And on the other 3rd Thursdays this spring.

The meeting this Thursday (Feb 18) at 7 pm
The program will feature past-President Tim Draude explaining how and why plant seeds stay dormant and what triggers germination. Tim’s talk will be followed by a brief presentation by me of tips for successfully getting seedling from germination all the way to having them happily growing in your garden. We will have seeds of some native plants available to you to take how and raise yourselves.
We will be having a discussion about organization for the rest of the year, planning field trips and programs and getting out a newsletter, new officers. etc..
Any information about cancellation due to weather will be posted on our web sites.
I hope to see everyone on Thursday,
Mike Slater, Muhlenberg Botanic Society Vice-President

MEMBERSHIP DUES are due in January/February. They are $10.00 per household. Extra contributions are always welcome; if you include one, however, please designate it as such so our treasurer doesn’t think you are paying for two or three years at a time!
If you would like to be contacted by email for occasional spontaneous work days or field trips, plant rescues, or similar events, please include your email address. At the bottom of the form, please include comments or suggestions for field trips and meetings, or topics you might like to see added to the newsletters or the website. Bring dues with this form to the September meeting or mail them to:
Matt Dilley
20 Greythorne Rd.
Lancaster, Pa. 17603-7403
City, State, Zip:
We are strongly encouraging people to take the newsletter by email/web site link, but we will print a limited number of newsletters for mailing.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

October 15th Meeting, "Pollination: a many faceted and variable relationship between plants and animals."

by Mike Slater (Muhlenberg Club V.P.) 

Mike will present a program about pollination. Using his own pictures and video clips to illustrate various aspects of the relationship between plants and animals focusing on some unusual and unexpected mechanisms.
Bombus pennsylvanicus (American Bumble bee) approaching an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) Grayson County Texas, October 2014
Bombus pennsylvanicus (American Bumble bee) approaching an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) Grayson County Texas, October 2014

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Muhlenberg Bulletin for September 2015 is online

The September 2015 Muhlenberg Bulletin is up online listing the upcoming meetings and There are no field trips scheduled for this Fall. If you have suggestions and/or would like to lead a field trip please contact Joan King or Mike Slater.

 The next meeting is

 Thursday, September 17: 

Member’s meeting and plant exchange.
Bring slides or other photos to share, as well as copies of old magazines, and, of course, plants to exchange. Although the focus is on native plants, others are also welcome. Take home more than you brought! New members are always encouraged to help themselves, whether or not they have brought any plants. Remember that we need to keep the Kinsey Room neat and tidy so we will be welcome in the future.

  • Note: Our Meetings are held at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month in the Fred Kinsey Room, North Museum. Enter through the back door in the parking lot; knock loudly, or ring the bell if the door is locked. Meetings are open to the public, so feel free to invite guests!