Photo: Purple pitcher plants at the
Meadowview Biological Research Station
by Kevin Howe, NN VNPS
The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NN VNPS) invites the public to a presentation about Virginia’s Amazing Carnivorous Plants at noon on Thursday, June 21, in the Parish Hall of the Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal) on Route 200 in Wicomico Church. Last month’s visit by chapter members to Meadowview Biological Research Station near Fredericksburg will also be reviewed.
Our speaker will be the current NN VNPS president, Kevin Howe, who said, “Carnivorous plants have some of the most unique specializations in the plant kingdom and they occur in some of the most endangered habitats in the US. The Northern Neck is not well studied, and we hope this presentation will encourage people to look around their properties for these fascinating plants.”
Howe has taught high school & college biology-fisheries and conducted research on fishes, fossils and aquatic ecology in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf of Mexico. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution in DC before starting a construction company that is now run by his son. Having retired to live in Northumberland County, he is an avid kayaker and master naturalist who enjoys sharing his eclectic breadth of environment knowledge with others.
Bring a brown bag lunch; some snacks and beverages will be available.