GardenNews.biz - Jan 18,2017 - BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE - MORE WINTER LECTURE EVENTS
February 5th - Backyard Butterflies of Bucks County
Bob and Pat Whitacre bought an abandoned farm in Tinicum Township in 1982. As they explored the surrounding 15 acres of various habitats, they began to discover unfamiliar butterflies. Learning that 96 species had been verified for all of Bucks County, they began daily photo safaris which eventually recorded 65 species, including one that had not been previously listed. The Whitacres’ close-up photos also illustrate the many wild plants – and some garden flowers - which play host to these beautiful creatures.
North Jersey natives Bob and Pat Whitacre met at Duke University, and settled in Morris County, NJ, where Pat became a teaching naturalist at the county outdoor education center. With a single lens reflex camera, she began photographing the wildflowers she had known since childhood, and quickly expanded her subjects to the rest of the natural world. Bob became the family photographer when they graduated to a digital camera and he discovered that he could capture close-up photos of butterflies without a special lens.
February 12th - Novel Ecosystems
Dr. Jordan, a retired ecologist for The Nature Conservancy of New York and an Lehigh Gap Nature Center Board member, will speak about what are being called novel ecosystems. These are new, historically unprecedented combinations of species resulting from human actions such as land disturbance, introduction of invasive species, pollution and climate change. Is Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve a restoration, rehabilitation, novel ecosystem or designer ecosystem? Learn what all this means and what implications it has for management of our landscape.
Dr. Marilyn Jordan retired in 2014 as a Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, NY. Her career experience includes invasive plant assessments, nutrient cycling, soil and water pollution, ecological impacts of deer, fire as a restoration tool and novel ecosystems. She is now on the Board of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington PA which is restoring land polluted by zinc smelting at the Palmerton PA Superfund Site.
February 19th - Planting with a Purpose: Saving Nature at Home and Beyond
Want a yard alive with birds, butterflies, and other interesting creatures – one that’s attractive and welcoming to family and friends, too? Though habitat is disappearing and many species are declining, even small changes in your yard can help nature in a big way. Learn how you can garden with native plants for beauty — and for nature.
Edie Parnum and Barb Elliot are the founders and co-Directors of Backyards for Nature, a program of the Valley Forge Audubon Society. Edie and Barb trained as Habitat Stewards with the National Wildlife Federation and each has a property certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and also as a Monarch Waystations and Pollinator Habitat. Edie and Barb are both avid birders and enthusiastic moth-ers hosting Moth Nights at their properties.
February 26th - Mushrooms Matter!
Many plant-focused people are not aware of