The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers: A Closer Look

On the evening of Thursday the 27th of March, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Carol Gracie will talk about the vernal flora that is gently arriving about now, in a lecture titled “The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers: A Closer Look”.

For more information, see here:

http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html

The Influence of Disturbance on the Demography of the Rare Pine Barren Gentian (Gentiana autumnalis) in New Jersey

On the evening of Thursday the 27th of February, 2014, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Ryan Rebozo will talk about the ecology and demography of a beautiful and rare local plant, in a lecture titled “The Influence of Disturbance on the Demography of the Rare Pine Barren Gentian (Gentiana autumnalis) in New Jersey”.

For more information, see here:

http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html

The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

On the evening of Thursday the 30th of January, 2014, Joel Greenberg, of the Passenger Pigeon Project and the Field Museum, will give a talk titled “The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon” at the Wagner Free Institute of Science (17th and Montgomery, Philadelphia, PA).

For more information, and to register, see here:

http://wagnerfreeinstitute.org/syllabi%202013-14/PassengerPigeon.htm

Plants and their History in and around the German Township

On the evening of Thursday the 23d of January, 2014, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Nicole Juday will talk about the horticultural and botanical history of Germantown, Philadelphia, in a lecture titled “Plants and their History in and around the German Township”.

For more information, see here:

http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html

Defining Nature and Protecting Plant Diversity

On the evening of Wednesday the 15th of January, 2014, beginning at 6:00 PM, Dr. Ernie Schuyler, Curator Emeritus of Botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences, will give a talk titled “Defining Nature and Protecting Plant Diversity” at the Roxborough Library (6245 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia,PA); for more, see here:

http://wissahickonrestorationvolunteers.org/index.php?cID=484

The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States

The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is ubiquitous in Philadelphia today, and in many other cities as well.  However, this was not always the case.

To read more about these little mammals, and how, when and why they came to be so citified, see here:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/12/urbanization-of-squirrel-research

The entire paper mentioned in the linked-to article above is here:

http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/3/691.full