BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE WINTER LECTURE SERIES - JANUARY TALKS January 8th- Understanding Vultures----January 15th - Beyond Honeybees: Pennsylvania's Native Bees----January 22nd - Gardening to Protect Water
GardenNews.biz - Dec 28,2016 - BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE WINTER LECTURE SERIES - JANUARY TALKS
2017 Winter Lecture Series Schedule:
January 8th- Understanding Vultures
When people see a vulture soaring overhead or perched ominously in a tree, rarely do we consider their value. Dr. Keith Bildstein will share his studies on the movement of vultures and the important roles they play in natural and human-dominated ecosystems.
Keith Bildstein, PhD., is the interim President and Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain’s Acopian Center, and directs the Conservation Science Traineeship Program and our newly emerging Graduate Student Program. Keith is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, has written several books including Migrating Raptors of the World: their ecology and conservation.
January 15th - Beyond Honeybees: Pennsylvania's Native Bees
We hear a lot about the honey bee, Apis mellifera, but most people don’t have any idea how many other bees there are. The honey bee is actually an introduced species, having come to the area with the pioneers from Europe. There are about 400 species that were already in Pennsylvania. This presentation will introduce you to these particular bees, where they live, what they do, and what flowers they use.
Dr. Anita Collins is a retired honey bee geneticist, from the Agricultural Research Service, US Dept. of Agriculture. Since retiring she has been a collaborator in a US Geologic Survey project to find and identify native bees east of the Mississippi. She is a volunteer and President of the Board at Lehigh Gap Nature Center and an Adjunct Professor, in the Department Entomology, Penn State University.
January 22nd - Gardening to Protect Water: Mitigating Polluted Stormwater Runoff with "Green Infrastructure"
The federal Clean Water Act of 1972 eliminated most direct discharges of untreated industrial and human waste into the nation’s rivers. Unfortunately, 25 years later our streams and rivers are still failing to meet clean water standards, mostly due to unregulated polluted stormwater runoff. This problem is getting worse due to impacts of climate change on hydrology and continued development of our watersheds but “Green Infrastructure” strategies offer hope. This talk will explain the problem and solutions that can be implemented on multiple scales. The lecture will include an explanation of the Watershed Association’s efforts at the new Watershed Center in Hopewell Township and in municipalities in our region.
Jim Waltman is the Executive Director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, serves as a member of the State Agriculture Development Committee, and is a founding Board member of ReThinkEnergyNJ, a non-profit public education organization seeking to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Prior to joining the Watershed Association in 2005, he served as an environmental lobbyist in Washington, DC for 15 years, working for the National Audubon Society and The Wilderness Society on wildlife, water and wilderness issues.