The Northern Neck Chapters of the Virginia Native Plant Society and Audubon Society are holding a joint clean up at Hickory Hollow Virginia Natural Area Preserve on Saturday, November 9th from 10 am to noon with a one hour nature walk afterward – open leadership. This is open to the public.
The Chapter will have a presentation by Dr. Pam Grothe, a University of Mary Washington Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Grothe received her Ph.D. from the Paleoclimatology Lab at the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her current research involves a study of climate variability over the past 6000 years through the analysis of coral fossil records. Dr. Grothe’s presentation, entitled “A Christmas Tale Of Corals And Climate”, will concern research she conducted on Christmas Island.
Following the theme of last month’s presentation, the Chapter will have a related presentation on climate change and sea level rise. Our speaker, Dr. Grothe, is a paleo-climatologist whose research is focused on climate change in the ocean by studying geology and coral reefs. “The chemistry in their skeletons reflects the temperature and salinity of the ocean at the time the coral was living”, thereby providing us with clues as to the changing climate over thousands of years, said Dr. Grothe. A recent published estimate for “sea level rise is astonishing, which is about twice as high (6.6 feet by the end of this century) as what we previously thought. It would displace millions of more people living in low-lying coastal regions."
The program will also feature the Chapter’s Conservation and Horticulture Chair Betsy Washington’s introduction to the our now blooming beauty Seaside Goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens, the NNNPS native plant of the month for October.
We invite the public to attend and feel free to bring a brown bag lunch; some snacks and beverages will be available. We will have a social lunch and announcements for a short while before our featured presentation.
The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is one of 11 chapters in the state. It is a volunteer non-profit dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, in order to sustain for generations to come the integrity of the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity for purposes of enjoyment, enlightenment, sustainable use, and our own very survival.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
9 am to Noon
Wicomico Parish Church
The Northern Neck Chapter (NNNPS) of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) is delighted to host Rebecca Wilson, a long-time friend of the chapter, who will be “Telling the Story of Longleaf Pine Restoration in Virginia,” at noon on June 20 in the Parish Hall of the Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal) on Route 200 in Wicomico Church.
NNNPS booth and plant sale at St. Stephen's Strawberry Festival & Farmers Market
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Acclaimed botanist and educator Marion Lobstein will present “The Story of the Flora of Virginia - the Book and the App” when the Northern Neck Chapter (NNNPS) of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) meets at noon on April 18 in the Parish Hall of the Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal) on Route 200 in Wicomico Church.
The Chapter will have a presentation by biologist, botanist and educator, Betsy Washington, a Board member of the Chapter.
Entomologist to speak about ticks and tick-borne diseases
We are going on a field trip! to the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This day trip will be in lieu of a program at our regular venue. The Chapter will sponsor the entry fee for members. There will be organized car/van pools so members (and guests) will need to register with Paula Boundy on email by February 15th at 8:00am:
There will be not be a NNNPS meeting in December 2018 and January 2019.
Details to be announced.
WE WILL HAVE A NOVEMBER MEETING on Thursday, November 15th at noon with a presentation by David Bryant, a Wildlife Biologist with a Co-Op program under the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Virginia State Game and Inland Fisheries Service and Virginia Tech. It will be about his grassland restoration work and the steep decline in birds and pollinators. It will be a very interesting program. We will also elect new officers for next year.
The September meeting of the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will be held on Thursday, October 18th at noon at the Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal), on Rte 2000 in Wicomico Church.
Brian Barnes, Lancaster County’s Environmental Compliance Officer, will review the County’s efforts with environmental matters, emphasizing wetlands and invasive plants species and the Chesapeake Bay Act.
Two of the nation’s most respected climate scientists – leaders of The Ohio State University’s renowned Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center – will describe their pioneering studies of the world’s great ice fields in Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon, October 14.
NNNPS will have a booth at this event.
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Wetlands Preservation in Virginia by Kati Rubis, The Nature Conservancy
Free and open to the Public - the September meeting of the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will be held on Thursday, September 20th at noon at the Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal) on Route 200 in Wicomico Church.