BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 2017 LATE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY LECTURES January 29th - Our Nighttime Neighbors: the Ecology and Behavior of Bats----February 5th - Backyard Butterflies----February 12th - Novel Ecosystems
BigNews.Biz - Dec 28,2016 - BOWMAN'S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 2017 LATE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY LECTURES
January 29th - Our Nighttime Neighbors: the Ecology and Behavior of Bats
Second only to rodents, bats are a diverse group of mammals with a little over 1,300 known species. By eating insect pests, dispersing seeds and pollinating flowers, bats provide essential services to humanity while often going unnoticed in the nighttime skies above us. Come learn about the biology and ecology of these amazing creatures--from their ability to navigate using sound to their feeding and roosting habits to the threats they face from a rapidly spreading fungal disease.
Matthew Wund earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2005 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There he studied the echolocation behavior of bats, as well as the impacts bats have on mosquitoes. He subsequently held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Clark University, in Worcester, MA, where he investigated the evolution of behavior and morphology in threespine stickleback fish. He has continued this line of research since joining the faculty of The College of New Jersey.
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