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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Muhlenberg Botanic Newsletter is up

The February 2011 Newsletter is up on line. Including the meeting schedule and field trips.

Photo: Coreopsis tripteris in the Muhlenberg Meadow at Lancaster County Central Park by Mike Slater

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Muhlenberg botanic Club Spring 2011 Meeting Schedule

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 SE PA and Their Restoration"


Dr. Thorne does conservation planning, implementation, and research for the Natural Lands Trust. He spends most of his time coordinating a public-private partnership effort known as the Hopewell Big Woods Project. Before joining the Natural Lands Trust in 2001, Dr. Thorne worked for eight years for the PA chapter of The Nature Conservancy and for 10 years for the University of PA.


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