April 11, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Steve Young: "The Rare Plants of Plum Island, New York.”
The New York Natural Heritage Program inventoried the rare plants, animals, and ecological communities on Plum Island in 2015. Chief botanist Steve Young will present the results of the field surveys for rare plants and discuss future survey and management recommendations. Steve received his B.S. in Environmental and Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his M.S. in Taxonomic Botany from the University of Florida. He is in his 27th year as chief botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, a program of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry but based in Albany.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

May 9, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Diane Bouchier: "Botanical Art; Tradition and Revival."
Botanical art is a fine art tradition that is experiencing a contemporary revival of truly global dimensions. This talk will present the high points of this tradition, moving from herbals to humanism and to the golden age of botanical illustration, and will show examples of some of the best work being done today. Dr. Bouchier is the founder of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), which is the leading international organization dedicated to botanical art, with over 1,500 individual and institutional members. Examples of the latter include the Missouri Botanic Garden and the Chelsea Physic Garden. An accomplished artist in her own right, she teaches botanical drawing at Gallery North in Setauket and lectures widely.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

June 14, 2017* Tuesday, 5:30 PM (Please note early start time)
Annual Barbecue:
The annual barbecue, featuring Chef Eric's made-to-order hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads, deviled eggs, desserts, etc. gladly accepted. The traditional location—on the green behind the Muttontown Preserve meeting house.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

September 12, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
A. W. Cafarelli: "Cypripedium acaule and the Phenology and Preservation of Native Orchids."
One of the most spectacular wildflowers remaining in Nassau County is the pink-flowered lady-slipper orchid, which faces pressure from declining open space, herbivory, and anthropogenic disruption. Drawn from the speaker's current research on Cypripedium acaule life cycle, population shifts, and augmentation techniques and obstacles; orchid ecology offers a lens for examining issues facing native forbs, including dismantled habitats, the role of remnant populations, designation of common and rare taxa listings, and the management of nature preserves as refugia for declining and vanished native species. A. W. Cafarelli, Ph.D., J.D., is a forb consultant and ecological historian, whose current field research centers on endangered and at-risk plant species and habitats.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

October 10, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Andrew Greller: "The Vegetation of Central Mexico."
This talk will cover the plant life of Guanajuato State, Mexico. It will highlight the cacti, thorn scrub, and fir forests. Andy is Vice President of LIBS and Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department of Queens College. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals on vegetation ecology.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

November 14, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Carolyn Flynn: "The Evolution of Trees and Herbaceous Plants in the Lands of the Nissequogue River Corridor."
Throughout history, geology and related flora have had an important influence on land use by people and, more recently, we have greatly impacted the vegetation of our land. We will discuss land use from Native American times to the present and examine historic vegetation maps to explore some of the changes on the north shore lands of western Suffolk County. Carolyn is an environmental educator. In both professional and volunteer capacities, she strives to share a sense of stewardship and a love of the natural world and its cycles with groups of all ages. She holds a BS in Forest Botany from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

December 12, 2017* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Members Night
Members are welcome to bring photos, stories, specimens, and tales of peculiar sightings of favorite plants. A great opportunity to show what you have found while exploring on Long Island or elsewhere. Please call Rich Kelly (516-354-6506) in advance to advise as to the approximate number of images/slides that you would like to show and preferred medium of presentation..
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February. Next meeting March 13, 2018.

March 13, 2018* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Lois Lindberg: “Shu Swmp Preserve and the Beaver Brook Watershed.”
Shu Swamp Preserve, officially the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary in Mill Neck, is a 60-acre jewel of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary system of preserves and is one component of the larger Beaver Brook Watershed. Acquisitions by Nassau County and the North Shore Land Alliance have added critical parcels that create a natural corridor to protect this valuable ecosystem. This program will explore the area’s beauty and biodiversity, especially highlighting the wildflowers and other flora of this special place. Lois has been involved in nature, ecology, and outdoor education and interpretation for many years. She has a degree in Biology from Hofstra University, and is a past Curator of Natural Science for Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, having worked at Muttontown, Welwyn, Sands Point, Garvies Point, and Tackapausha Preserves. She is currently the Membership Chair for the Long Island Botanical Society, and volunteers at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay as a naturalist/field trip leader.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

April 10, 2018* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Lisa Synoradzki: "Welwyn Preserve’s Forest: To Restore or Do Nothing.”
Years ago, "ancient," "magnificent," and “spectacular” were used to describe the 40-acre woodland in Welwyn Preserve, known for its grove of enormous oak and tulip trees. Today, sadly, invasive species, from creeping euonymus to Japanese knotweed, are spreading unchecked from adjacent yards, threatening to give the forest habitat a new descriptor, "degraded," if nothing is done. Lisa will talk about her study on Welwyn’s plants in the context of the ecological restoration debate. Lisa is Senior Development Officer at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). She has her Certificate in Botany from NYBG and is a certified NYBG Urban Naturalist.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

*Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30.
Formal meeting starts at 8:00 PM.
Directions to Muttontown: 516-354-6506
Directions to Stony Brook: 516-354-6506

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