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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Muhlenberg Botanical Society Meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring 2010

Meetings are held from 7:30 to 9:00 on the third Thursday of the month in the Fred Kinsey Room, North Museum (College and Buchanan Aves.). The Museum will be open at 7:00 p.m. Enter through the back door in the parking lot; knock loudly or ring the bell if the door is locked. Meetings will start propmtly at 7:30pm so please try to arrive before 730 to avoid disturbing the meeting while it is in progress. Meetings are open to the public, so feel free to invite guests! For cancellation information in case of snow or ice, contact President Mike Slater or Vice-President
Joan King. Any decision to cancel a meeting will be made 24 hours in advance so we can notify North Museum.

February 18: Members' Night Slide Sharing and show and tell.
This is a change from our normal course of meetings, but we won't have to be concerned about having a speaker cancel in the event of adverse weather. Many of you take digital pictures of plants and their flowers, and we want as many people as possible to bring photos to share, even if only a few. If you have technical questions about how to show the images or what format to bring them in, contact Mike Slater. He would appreciate hearing from you in advance so the meeting can be organized efficiently from an audio-visual perspective. If enough people don’t come forward, he will start twisting arms, so be prepared! If you have botanically related items you want to bring for "show and tell" or some exciting new information to discuss, please bring that.

March 18: Frank Plucinsky, "Tired of Winter? Think Spring!"
Dr. Plucinsky, an excellent photographer, is a retired physician with a life long interest in the natural sciences, photography, and fly fishing. He writes, "as winter lingers, our thoughts turn to the grandeur of spring. Take this photographic journey and experience the progress of favorite spring wildflowers from emerging shoots to fragile blossoms and fascinating fruits. Sweeping landscape shots contrast with macro photography close-ups that reveal intimate details of flowers that are difficult to see with the naked eye.".

April 15: Dr. Larry Klotz and Tim Draude, "Wild Flowers of the Cumberland Plateau"
Well known to our members, Dr. Larry Klotz is a recently retired Professor of Botany at Shippensburg University, and Tim Draude is the past President of the Muhlenberg Society. They will share stories and pictures of their trip to the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee last spring. The mixed mesophytic forests and the banks of the rivers that flow through the plateau are some of the richest wild flower areas of Eastern North America.

May 20: Dr. Roger Earl Latham, "All Grasslands and Meadows Aren’t Created Equal: Historical
Ecology as a Key to Successful Restoration and Reclamation"

Dr. Latham, who presented a program for us last year, is an ecologist and conservation biologist with Continental Conservation, Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Studies of fossils and archaeological remains have painted a provocative picture of the evolution of grasslands over the past several million years in central and western North America, but comparatively little scientific inquiry on native grasslands has focused on the northeastern United States, where forests and wetlands attract far more attention. Dr. Latham has analyzed historical records, herbarium specimens, and indicator species and conducted fieldwork throughout Pennsylvania to identify trends in the extent and distribution of native grasslands and meadows before and after European settlement. Besides their prehistory and history, he will touch on the environmental conditions, ecological processes, and disturbance regimes that shape the species composition of a dozen long-lived native grassland/meadow types found in the state and elsewhere in the Northeast. The talk concludes with information on how lessons from historical ecology are pertinent to the creation or re-creation of native grasslands. Roger Latham has worked as a research ecologist, conservation biologist, and environmental planner for over 35 years. Since earning his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, he has served as Pennsylvania Director of Science and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy; post-doctoral researcher in biogeochemistry and fire ecology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Geology; and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Swarthmore College. Since 2000 he has been a full-time consultant, conducting applied research and planning for the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Lands Trust, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, DCNR, and other organizations involved in wildland restoration and management.

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