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Upcoming Programs                                                                       

 Eastside Program: October 12;
7:00 pm
Gardening with Native Plants:
The What, Why, How and Where

Presented by Marcia Rivers Smith
Bellevue Botanical Garden

Marcia Rivers Smith has been a Native Plant Steward for  20 years and served on the WNPS Central Puget Sound Chapter Board for several years. Her volunteer focus has been educating others about gardening with native plants, but she has also led plant identification walks. She and her husband have lived on 5 acres in Preston for over 25 years, where they have used native plants to reduce the use of water and chemicals in their landscaping as well as to attract wildlife. Her presentation will cover a variety of different garden situations and suggest native plants that might be used in each. The focus will be on native plants that are available through local nurseries or plant sales.


November 3Tim Billo presents: Landscape Changes Over Time and the Fern Die Off at Seward Park

Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm
3501NE 41st. Seattle WA

The sleuthing goes on! For several years now, sword ferns in an area of Seward Park have been dying, and the problem is getting worse. Dr. Billo will share the work to date to unravel this mystery. He’ll review the multiple etiologies that have been explored and share the hypotheses the research team has developed. He will also share the team’s plans for experimental work to test their hypotheses and to identify restoration solutions. The need for extensive monitoring in Seward and other parks will be discussed. Finally, Dr. Billo will place this challenge in the context of anthropogenic climate change and other human pressures.
Tim Billo is a Lecturer in the UW Environmental Studies Program. He received his PhD from the UW Biology department in 2011. His undergraduate degree also, in biology, was earned at Williams College in Massachusetts. Over his career as a biologist he has worked on the ecology and evolution of birds and plants, in both tropical and temperate ecosystems. His current focus is on undergraduate education, including the facilitation of research experiences for undergraduates. His many course offerings include a philosophical summer course in the Olympic Mountains in which they ponder the role of wilderness in the Anthropocene, and among other things, spend time informally monitoring populations of Olympic Mountain endemic plants. Interested folks can learn more at his website: https://timbillo.wordpress.com/.

Recent Programs

October 6:  Mark Egger presents: Botanizing in Peru

Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm
3501 NE 41st. Seattle, WA

Field Botany in the Andes Mountains of Northern Peru

In April of 2005, Mark took part in a botanical expedition to sample the flora of the Andes Mountains in northern Peru. With the assistance of Peruvian botanists based in the city of Trujillo, Mark and fellow Castilleja researcher, Dave Tank, made two separate trips into the mountains. The first and longest outing was to the vicinity of the ancient Inca city of Cajamarca and continuing on to the more remote towns of Contumaza and Celendin, the latter on the brink of the dramatic canyon of the Rio Marañon.  Most of the areas visited were between 9,000-14,000’ elevation, in the alpine plant communities known locally as jalcas, high elevation grasslands similar to the paramos of the northern Andes. While the goal of the expedition was to study and document the many and varied Castilleja species of this region, they also observed many other fine plants, including a wealth of species in the showy genera, Salvia, Calceolaria, and Bartsia. Northern Peru is the center of diversity for the latter two genera. In addition, the scenery was spectacular, and the visitors encountered the local people and culture of a region far removed from the usual tourist routes of this remarkable country. Mark is a highly accomplished photographer, so be prepared for a very informative and esthetically stunning presentation!

Mark Egger is a recently retired science teacher and a Research Associate at the UW Herbarium.  He has been a member of the CPS Chapter of WNPS since 1983.  He has spent the last 32 years studying the genus Castilleja,  traveling throughout North America, Mexico, and Central and South America to take approximately 20,000 images of Castilleja or Indian Paintbrush, photographing over 95% of the approximately 200 known species and varieties.  He has written or contributed to numerous scientific publications on Castilleja and has published seven species new to science. He is currently preparing a monographic treatment of Castilleja, and in conjunction with Margriet Wetherwax of US/JEPS and is preparing the treatment of Castilleja for the Flora of North America. 


September 1, 2016 - CPS Chapter Meeting
Center for Urban Horticulture

  • Botany-Plant ID Workshop w/ CPS Botanists
  • Richard Olmstead - Remembering Art Kruckeberg 
    Dick Olmstead; Curator of the UW Herbarium remembers the legacy of Art Kruckeberg, Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of Washington and one of the primary founders of the Washington Native Plant Society in 1976. 

  • Clay Antieau: "Whither WNPS"
    In its 40th year as Washington's strongest voice for promoting the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats, what does the future of WNPS look like??  Like many non-profit environmental organizations, the relevance and effectiveness of WNPS is being challenged on numerous fronts.  In this presentation, WNPS President, Clay Antieau, will share his views on the strengths and weaknesses that characterize WNPS--as well as the opportunities and threats that lie beyond. 
    Come prepared to share your thoughts about the future of WNPS!

    Clay Antieau M.S., Ph.C. is a Horticulturist, Botanist, and Environmental Scientist who enthusiastically combines these disciplines to offer unique abilities and perspectives in project work and environmental education.  Clay currently works for Seattle Public Utilities as an environmental permit specialist.  He's a Fellow and current President of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), a Past President of WNPS, a Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and a former Director of the Washington Trails Association. 



June 2016

Paul Hessburg: "Historical and Current Fire Regimes of Eastern Washington-
How Did We Get Here?"

Dr. Hessburg will characterize historical fire regimes and how they affected the E WA landscape. He will then show how 20th century management inadvertently altered the structure, composition, and patterns of forests, and how this has led to significant changes in the fire regimes of each major forest type. He will show how a warming climate, increased fuels, and a virtual epidemic of young trees have created a “perfect storm” condition for today’s wildfires. He closes his talk by showing how the study of historical landscape functioning gives us important clues to how we might restore our modern era landscapes.



 May 2016

 Robert Van Pelt- "The Forests of the Olympic Peninsula"

Dr. Van Pelt van has long been fascinated with “Forest Giants” and has extensively studied old-growth forests across North America, particularly in California and the Pacific Northwest. He has a particular interest in tree and forest structure and forest ecology.  He has a long connection with the forests of Washington State and was responsible for starting the Washington Big Tree Program in 1987, which keeps records on the largest of each species of tree in the state. He is currently involved in canopy research in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, among other sites, and will share recent findings with us.



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