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Jan27

Winter Lecture Series: Climate Change: Past, Present and Future

Variations in climate have been common throughout Earth’s history. Prior to the rise of civilization, the causes of climate change were exclusively natural. Some have postulated that human impacts on climate may have begun with the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago, but there is no doubt that greenhouse gas emissions are now the dominant driver of climate change and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We will discuss the nature of past changes in climate and their causes, and what such changes imply for the future. Anthony Broccoli is professor of atmospheric science at Rutgers University and co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. He studies the changes in the climate system using models and observations. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Walk-ins welcome as space allows. Punch Cards Purchase a Winter Lecture Series punch card, good for one admission to each of the eight lectures, and save 20%. Punch cards may be purchased at the Visitor Center only. Call 215.862.2924 for additional information. Winter Weather If we must cancel or postpone a program, we will disseminate the message via Facebook, our website and email. Please check those sources before venturing out in poor weather conditions. »
Feb09

Collections Walk: Penn’s Woods

The Preserve is home to more than 700 species of native plants. Join us for an informative walk as we take a look at rare, unusual, and/or unique favorites of our curator, collection committee and naturalists. This walk will feature the collection found within Penn’s Woods. Please dress for the weather. Advance registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 7 »
Feb10

Winter Lecture Series: Pollination: What’s the True Story?

Is it “Plants and Animals living in harmony” or is it another case of “Plants vs. Animals” like herbivory? The relationship between plants and animals that visit the flowers to get nectar and pollen is a complicated one. Like most ecological relationships the two parties each have their own goals. Plants want their pollen moved around and animals want nectar and/or pollen for food. The tension between these two goals has driven a wide array of adaptations in flowers and in animal anatomy and behavior. With many close-up pictures and a few short video clips, Mike Slater will share some fascinating examples of these adaptations. Many of which you can see for yourself in your own garden and nearby fields if you take time to look closely. Mike Slater received a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, in 1976 before pursuing a career in environmental education. He has served as president of both the Entomological Society of Pennsylvania and the Muhlenberg Botanical Society of Lancaster, PA. He currently writes for both the Reading Eagle and its “Berks Country” section. Walk-ins welcome as space allows. Punch Cards Purchase a Winter Lecture Series punch card, good for one admission to each of the eight lectures, and save 20%. Punch cards may be purchased at the Visitor Center only. Call 215.862.2924 for additional information. Winter Weather If we must cancel or postpone a program, we will disseminate the message via Facebook, our website and email. Please check those sources before venturing out in poor weather conditions. »
Feb17

Winter Lecture Series: Invasive Forest Insects in Pennsylvania: How Do We Deal With Them?

The gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer and the spotted lanternfly (shown above) are four major invasive species in Pennsylvania. Donald Eggen will review each of these invasive species and present the strategies currently being used to manage them in Pennsylvania. One very important factor common in the approach to dealing with these forest pests, and all invasive species, is the need for research to develop methods and tools to implement integrated pest management programs. Donald A. Eggen is the forest health manager for the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry. He worked on the Governor’s Invasive Species Council’s writing team that produced the commonwealth’s Invasive Species Management Plan, and represents DCNR on the Invasive Species Council. He also created the Delaware Invasive Species Council, the first such state council in the U.S. He has a Ph.D. in forest entomology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a B.S. in zoology and M.S. in forest entomology from the University of Michigan. Walk-ins welcome as space allows. Punch Cards Purchase a Winter Lecture Series punch card, good for one admission to each of the eight lectures, and save 20%. Punch cards may be purchased at the Visitor Center only. Call 215.862.2924 for additional information. Winter Weather If we must cancel or postpone a program, we will disseminate the message via Facebook, our website and email. Please check those sources before venturing out in poor weather conditions. »
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