When wetlands are disturbed, mitigation and restoration projects initiate and are meant to result in the protection and expansion of wetland habitat across the United States. These habitats are ecological hotspots significant for their pollution abatement (nature’s filters), fecundity (amphibian, fish, and other taxonomic breeding grounds), and beauty (the Everglades, the Pantanal, and Monet’s water lilies). The presentation will explore how organizations, firms, and individuals restore and rehabilitate these
ecological habitats and construct new habitat with examples from Fort Indiantown Gap and past commercial projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. We will discuss typical native plantings, design strategies, and function, and compare intensive and natural re-vegetation methods.
Dave received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from George Washington University (DC) in 2000. He
worked summers at a small wetlands consulting and restoration firm as a field and nursery assistant, and later as a wetland scientist and crew leader. Since 2004 Dave has worked at Fort Indiantown Gap for the Wildlife Office, where he is currently the Assistant Wildlife Program Manager. His fields of study include botany, herpetology, management and restoration ecology, military ecology, and rare species conservation (Allegheny woodrat, regal fritillary butterfly, striped gentian, etc.). He is the current Vice President of the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association, a national group of military lands managers and conservationists.
7:00pm at the North Museum in Lancaster PA
Some thoughts abouts plants in Pennsylvania and anywhere else we travel
Including the new home for news and reports of the
Muhlenberg Botanic Club of Lancaster, PA
Pa Plantings Web Web Site Home
including other information about plants
All photographs copyright by Mike Slater unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
November 17 Muhlenberg Botanic Club Meeting: David McNaughton : " From Wastelands to Wetlands: The Strange and Dark Arts of Wetland Restoration"
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hi Muhlenberg Members and Friends,
Due to the High Water and serious flooding we are cancelling the field trip on Saturday September 10, 2011. The plants we are interested in are underwater and the riverbank will not be a safe place to hike with the rocks being very wet. We will try to visit the area next year.
September 15, 2011 7:00pm
Officer Elections, Members' Night and Plant Exchange
Bring pictures, slides, or a digital show to share; we will have a laptop and digital projector setup. (Also a traditional projector can be brought if someone wants to share film slides please tell mike so he can bring it!)
For the plant exchange, please bring well-potted plants you think other members might like to adopt. We focus on native plants, but others are perfectly fine, too. Members who don't have plants to share are welcome—actually encouraged—to take plants home. We always have a lot to share with everybody! We must continue to KEEP THE MEETING ROOM CLEAN, SO PLEASE BRING PLANTS IN FAIRLY CLEAN POTS AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO INSECTS ON THEM. If you spill dirt/plants, etc., YOU are responsible for cleaning up the mess. We want to leave the Kinsey room as clean as or cleaner than we found it so we can continue these exchanges. Thank you.
The full Newsletter will be online Soon.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Muhlenberg August field trip Change! Aug 6th trip now to the Muhlenberg meadow instead of Laurel Hill St.Pk.
Come and view the wide array of field flowers and what techniques worked and didn’t work in turning a cornfield into a dazzling native ecosystem.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
2011 FIELD TRIPS
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Photo: Coreopsis tripteris in the Muhlenberg Meadow at Lancaster County Central Park by Mike Slater
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
All meetings are now held from 7:00 to 9:00pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the North Museum on the F & M Campus.
If there is a prediction of bad weather meetings will be canceled 48 hours in advance per our agreement with the North Museum as our meeting location host. Please check this web site or call one of the club officers if you have a question about whether or not a meeting is canceled.
February 17, 2011 Meeting - 7:00 pm
Dr. Tatyana Livshultz, Assistant Curator of Botany, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
"Evolution of Pollination Mechanisms in the Milkweed Family (Apocynaceae)" and also information on her current research project on comparing historical and present pollination frequency of Common Milkweed flowers.
Dr. Livshultz received a Ph.D. Cornell University 2003. Now at the Academy her focus is on the Apocynaceae, the milkweed and dogbane family, a group of ca. 4000 species of flowering plants. The milkweed flower is among the most complex, comparable only to that of the orchid in the modification of its form and the precision of its pollination mechanism. Flowers of dogbanes are simpler, although there are also species with flowers of intermediate complexity. I'm using methods including evolutionary tree reconstruction and comparative development to understand how the complex milkweed flower evolved from the simpler flower of a dogbane-like ancestor.
March 17, 2011 Meeting - 7:00 pm
Link Davis "Wildflowers of Southeastern Pennsylvania"
Link Davis is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, PA. He received a BS in Biology form Millersville
University in 1969 and an MA in Physical Science from West Chester University in 1979. He taught Physical Science and Chemistry in the Norristown Area School District for thirty years. After retiring he drove a school bus for seven years and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and his local SPCA. Insects and wildflowers have long peeked his curiosity. He presents lessons on insects and shares his collection with schools to enhance what their curricula cannot provide. His interest in wildflowers began about twenty years ago when he started attending botany walks sponsored by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. Only in the last five years has he dedicated himself to seriously imaging the wildflowers of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
April 21, 2011 Meeting - 7:00 pm
Dr. James Thorne, "Disappearance of Grassland and Forest Interior Habitats in
May 19, 2011 Meeting - 7:00 pm
Member's Night and Member's Plant Exchange
Bring a show and tell item, a few digital pictures (on a thumb drive or slides to share (if you are bringing old style 35mm slides please advise mike Slater in advance) enough to take about 10 minutes of the meeting. If possible please let Mike Slater know in advance if you are bringing something to share
For the plant exchange please bring some well potted plants that you think other members might like to adopt. We focus on native plants but some others are perfectly fine too. Members who don't have any plants to share are welcome to take home plants too. We always have a lot to share with everybody! We have to continue to KEEP THE MEETING ROOM CLEAN, SO PLEASE TRY TO BRING PLANTS IN FAIRLY CLEAN POTS AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO INSECTS ON THEM. We want to leave the Kinsey room as clean or cleaner than we found it. Thanks you