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 on: April 06, 2010, 11:55:32 AM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Wild Azalea Festival
April 10th, 2010
Reynolds Nature Preserve is hosting our first Wild Azalea Festival this spring.  This is a family event held in Morrow, GA just 15 minutes south of Atlanta.  Join us for exhibit displays, live animal shows, plant sales, interpretive museum tours, native azalea showcases, good food, and much more! Visitors are also invited to take a hike on the trails and explore the park's natural and cultural history. FREE



Hands on construction program.  Class space is limited to 25 participants.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location – Azalea Pond Deck, behind Nature Center

Learn to identify rocks and minerals by using field keys and hand lenses.
Participants will take home a sample to start their own rock collection!
Location – Amphitheatre

Join DNR Hunter Educator Mike Tallant and learn the importance and techniques of firearms safety.
 Location – Hunter’s Safety Tent

Join Ranger John for a walk in the woods and learn about Reynolds’ native flora and fauna.
Location – Meet in front of Nature Center

GA EPPC (Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council) identifies harmful exotic plants and explains why and how they must be eradicated.
Location – Amphitheatre


Clayton County Water Authority exhibits an interactive table top model
that shows the impact of storm water pollution and what we can do to
Location – Amphitheatre

Learn about the sport of falconry.  Watch the pros from Georgia
Falconry Association
 work with these amazing birds of prey.  Live Animals.
Location – Amphitheatre

1:45-2:15PM: Ssssnakes

Join Ranger John for a live snake presentation to learn about
 these beneficial yet often misunderstood reptiles.
Location – Amphitheatre

2:30-3:00PM: CREEKS & CANES
Join the Blue Heron Lake Nature Conservancy in exploring the history
and legend
 behind the Creek Indian’s crafting of the River Cane Flute.

 on: April 03, 2010, 07:47:13 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
A nice trip to the pockiet last weekend.  This afternoon the bluebells and poppies were in peak form. Dutchman's Breeches also were nice. Anyone looking for a nice Easter Sunday afternoon junket will be treated to a nice show.

 on: March 20, 2010, 08:01:15 PM 
Started by terrestrial_man - Last post by Rich
Very nice.  Thanks for your efforts.

 on: March 10, 2010, 08:42:33 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
The Cullowhee Conference -- Native Plants in the Landscape is dedicated to the advancement of research, knowledge, and sustainable practices in native plant landscaping as well as the allied fields of horticulture, propagation, public and private garden management, landscape architecture/design, and environmental and science education. The conference has been held annually since 1984 at Western Carolina University in the mountains of western North Carolina at Cullowhee. The Cullowhee Conference attracts a wide diversity of professionals, home gardeners, educators, and students. It is an informal gathering to which many return year after year for information, inspiration, networking connections, and fun.

From the beginning, the Scholarship Program has been an important part of the Cullowhee Conference. Contributions to the Scholarship Program come from conference proceeds and from organizations and individuals who share and support the mission of the conference. The Cullowhee Conference is committed to the ongoing expansion of the Scholarship Program, to engendering and enriching student, young-professional, and professional knowledge and involvement with native plants and their ecology.
Approximately 20 scholarships to the Cullowhee Conference are annually awarded to students, interns at botanical gardens, nature centers and/or parks, and to beginning professionals in a native plant-related field. Also, this year for the first time, the Scholarship Program is open to applicants with careers in environmental and science education. Any individual in these categories who can demonstrate an interest in native plants and their use in the landscape --- through horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture/design, education, or a related field --- is
encouraged to apply for a scholarship.

Two types of scholarships to the Cullowhee Conference are available:
Field Trip Scholarship---Recipients arrive for the conference Tuesday evening, July 27 and participate in an all-day field trip on Wednesday, July 28.
Non-Field Trip Scholarship--- Recipients arrive Wednesday evening, July 28, or Thursday morning July 29, 2010.

The Cullowhee Conference officially begins on Thursday, July 29 at 9:30am and closes at noon on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Scholarship applicants may apply for either type of scholarship. Both types of scholarships cover all conference expenses: registration fee, a semi-private room, and all meals during the conference. Field trip scholarships cover the additional fee for the field trip, lodging on July 27-28, and meals on July 28. Please note that the evening meal on Tuesday, July 27 is on your own.
To apply for a scholarship, go to the Cullowhee Conference website,, and click on
Scholarships on the home page. The Scholarships page has detailed information on how to apply for a scholarship.
The Application Deadline is April 20, 2010.

 on: March 07, 2010, 08:20:35 PM 
Started by terrestrial_man - Last post by terrestrial_man
While visiting the University of British Columbia forum I discovered this thread that notes the potential closing of the botanic garden:

Don't know if there is anything that can be done to prevent this but maybe someone has some ideas?

 on: March 01, 2010, 07:36:37 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Please help us at a volunteer workday Saturday, March 6, 2010, 9:45
am-12 noon, Once a Year Opportunity; Raindate: March 13

Reynolds Nature Preserve continues to be threatened by invasive exotic
plants such as kudzu, privet and English Ivy. If we wish Reynolds
Nature Preserve to have a future as a preserve and a native plant area,
these invasive foreign plants need to be controlled!

If you visit Reynolds before this date, ask staff to tell you about the
invasives there and their work in trying to control them. If you have
questions about the workday, call Reynolds Nature Center at
770-603-4188 or email one of us, addresses at top of the page.
Please call or email to register for the workday (or join us last
minute without registering if you find you are able to come Saturday

We will meet at the Nature Center at 9:45 am for instructions, from
where we will leave to pull ivy and privet from selected areas of the
please wear long pants and long sleeves as protection from briars and
the limited poison ivy… please bring work gloves and clippers if you
have them!

 on: February 26, 2010, 09:15:43 PM 
Started by mikepaddler - Last post by mikepaddler
We have been offered a special rate at the Days Inn in LaFayette in conjunction with the field trip to the Pocket on March 27th. You can call them at 706-639-9362, and obtain the discounted rate by referring to Code L06.

 on: February 21, 2010, 10:04:58 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Dwayne Estes, Austin Peay State University (May 24–29)

Andrew S. Methven, Eastern Illinois University (July 26 – August 7)

Dwayne Estes, Austin Peay State University (August 9–14)

Cost and Credit Information:
Course fee: $525 per 2-week course ($425-students from HBS member institutions)
Workshop fee: $275 per 1-week workshop: (225-students from HBS member institutions)

Information about courses, registration, and scholarships plus Grants-in-aid of research for grad students & summer internships is available at:

 on: February 08, 2010, 07:31:39 AM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
2010 Natural history science field seminars ... Advanced, professional, specialty, and introductory field seminars ... Offered by the Humboldt Institute
On the Maine coast ... Between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

Introduction to Bryophytes:    May 23 - 29. Alison C. Dibble

Inventory and Monitoring of Amphibians and Reptiles:    May 23 - 29. Bryan  Windmiller

Introduction to Modern Phylogenetic Methods:    May 30 - Jun 5. Brigid O'Donnell and Hillary McManus

Lichen Chemistry: Spot Tests and TLC in Lichen Identification:   Jun 6 - 12. Scott LaGreca and Thorsten Lumbsch

Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology:   Jun 6 - 12. Blanka Shaw and Jon Shaw

Sterile Crustose Lichens: An Introduction with Special Emphasis on Identification:   Jun 13 - 19. James C. Lendemer

Lepidoptera of the Northeast: Taxonomy, Ecology, and Biomonitoring of Butterflies and Moths:    Jun 13 - 19. Brian Scholtens

Black and White Natural History Illustration Techniques:   Jun 20 - 26. Jeanne Kunze

Applied Field and Laboratory Identification of Northeastern Freshwater Fish:   Jun 20 - 26. David Halliwell

Sedges, Rushes, and Grasses: Advanced Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland and Upland Species:   Jun 27 - Jul 3. Anton A. Reznicek

Freshwater Invertebrates and their Ecology:   Jun 27 - Jul 3. Steven K. Burian

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Northeast:   Jul 4 - 10. Ronald Butler

Botanical Illustration with Color Pencil:   Jul 4 - 10. Wendy Hollender

Botanical Illustration on Vellum and Paper: Botanical Portraiture and Microlandscapes:   Jul 11 - 17. Carol Woodin

Applied Field Identification of Sedges, Rushes, and Grasses:   Jul 11 - 17. Tyler Smith

Forest Ecosystem Analysis for Sustained Forestland Values and Uses:   Jul 11 - 17. Norman A. Richards

Wetland Identification and Delineation:   Jul 25 - 31. Robert W. Lichvar and Russell Pringle

Freshwater Diatoms: Taxonomy and Biomonitoring:   Jul 25 - 31. Jeffrey R. Johansen

Introduction to Marine Zooplankton Taxonomy and Ecology:   Jul 25 - 31. Ray P. Gerber

Salt Marsh Restoration Adapts to Global Climate Change:   Aug 1 - 7. Susan C. Adamowicz and David Burdick

Field Ecology of Coastal Maine for Teachers:   Aug 1 - 7. Edward W. Fisher

Mushrooms and Other Fungi:   Aug 8 - 14. Rosalind Lowen and Dianna Smith

The EPT Taxa: Taxonomy and Biomonitoring: Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera:   Aug 8 - 14. Steven K. Burian

Field Ecology of Coastal Maine for Teachers:   Aug 8 - 14. Edward W. Fisher

Lichens and Lichen Ecology:   Aug 15 - 21. David Richardson and Mark Seaward

Bryophytes and Bryophyte Ecology:   Aug 15 - 21. Nancy G. Slack

Spiders: Identification, Diversity, Ecology, and Biology:   Aug 15 - 21. Mathias Foellmer

Crustose Lichens: Identification Using Morphology, Anatomy, and Simple Chemistry:   Aug 22 - 28. Irwin M. Brodo

Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes, with Guest Lectures on Isoetes:   Aug 22 - 28. Robbin Moran and W. Carl Taylor

Plants as Alternatives to Well-known Medicines, Spices,Teas, and Vegetables:   Aug 29 - Sep 4. James A. Duke

Flora of Coastal Habitats and Islands of Maine:   Aug 29 - Sep 4. Glen H. Mittelhauser

Alumni Labor Day weekend and week for independent study:   Sep 5 - 11.

Toxic and Look-Alike Mushrooms and the Management of Mushroom Toxicities: A Seminar for Emergency Care and Health Care Providers:   Sep 14 -18. John Saucier, Tamas R. Peredy, and Lawrence Leonard

Phytogeography and Taxonomy of the North American Flora:  Recent Advances in Digital Technology and the Development of Digital Floras as Research Tools:    Sep 19 - 25. John Kartesz

Biostructural Design in Ecological Restoration Projects, Including Soils Restoration:   Sep 19 - 25. John W. Munro

Integrated Ecological Restoration of Rivers and Streams:   Sep 26 - Oct 2. John W. Munro

Nurturing Biodiversity in the Managed Landscape: Gardening with Native Plants, Insects, and Wildlife:   Sep 26 - 30. Marjorie Peronto

Symposium: Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Islamic and Jewish Mysticism Around the Time of Chretien de Troyes:   Oct 10 - 16. Ingrid E. Lotze

Information on lodging options, meals, and costs may be found at

There is an online application form at

Descriptions and syllabi are available. Please let us know if we can help with questions. Prior discussions of personal study objectives are welcome.

Humboldt Institute, PO Box 9, Steuben, ME 04680-0009
207-546-2821, Fax 207-546-3042
E-mail -

In support of field biologists, researchers, field naturalists, faculty members, and students with interests in the natural history sciences, Eagle Hill offers specialty seminars at different ecological scales for those who are interested in understanding complex natural history questions. Seminars range from watershed level subjects, and subjects in classical ecology, to highly specialized seminars in advanced biology, taxonomy, and ecological restoration.

In support of scientific illustrators and artists, Eagle Hill offers a diverse range of workshops focusing on natural history art.

Eagle Hill has long been recognized as offering hard-to-find seminars and workshops which provide important opportunities for training and meeting others who are likewise dedicated to continually learning more about natural history.

Eagle Hill field seminars and workshops are of special interest because they focus on the natural history of one of North America's most spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Most seminars combine field studies with follow-up lab studies and a review of the literature. Additional information is provided in lectures, slide presentations, and discussions. Seminars  are primarily taught for people who already  have a reasonable background in a seminar program or in related subjects, or who are keenly interested in learning about a new subject.

 on: January 10, 2010, 06:17:45 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
UGA Herbarium Tour- Saturday, Feb 27, 2010  9:30 a.m.

Note below is a bit of additional information regarding parking in the area of the herbarium that was not included in the original announcement.

The parking available across from the  Coliseum is free on the weekends.

For those who still wish to carpool,  please meet at the Park 'n Ride Exit 101, Indian Trail Rd at 7:50 a.m. We will take as few cars as possible and leave the  Park N Ride at 8:00 a.m. For additional information contact Maureen Donohue, preferably via email at or at 678 687-7963.

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