Ken Frank, author of the new book, “Ecology of Center City, Philadelphia” (available from Fitler Square Press: http://fitlersquarepress.com/ecology-of-center-city-philadelphia/ ) will be giving a talk on Wednesday the 2nd of December, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, to the American Entomological Society, on the “Centennial of the Introduction of the Japanese Beetle into North America near Philadelphia“; this event will begin at 7PM.
For more information, see here:
On the evening of Thursday the 19th of November, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Scott McConnell, author of Witmer Stone: The Fascination of Nature, will talk about the subject of that book, in a lecture titled “Witmer Stone: The Fascination of Nature”.
For more information, see here: http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html
Embedded within and integrally a part of so many landscapes, built structures have historical paths and patterns distinct from those of the trees and hills and the gardens and yards that they reside, or resided, among.
To read about one such structure, see here:
To read about ways that natural history can fly throughout and intertwine within a historic landscape, see here:
Philadelphia’s landscape includes the historic threads of a densely sewn tapestry of industry and manufacturing, woven in and among the streams and waterways that wind through, and at times beneath, our city. One particularly sturdy length of fabric was the Whitaker Mill, of which you can read more about here:
That area is right nearby to Cedar Grove.
Doug Goldman, botanist extraordinaire, has been finding a rich diversity of plants, and some surprises, too, in Green Hill Cemetery (in Greensboro, North Carolina):
To read about birds and plants and history of Ivy Hill Cemetery, in Philadelphia, see here:
The “worst mess” refers, I’ll preface here, to the taxonomic state of violets that were once found there.