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Volunteer at the Upcoming Northwest Flower & Garden Show

WNPS needs YOUR help in staffing our booth at the 2016 Flower & Garden Show February 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center. For serving a 3-4 hour shift you earn FREE ADMISSION to the show on the day that you serve.

To see which time slots are still available and to sign-up easily and quickly, use our Doodle Poll: https://doodle.com/poll/hpv3wuczbxb4gqnv.

Inspiration and resources abound. Come join the fun and meet other dedicated WNPS Volunteers.

If you have questions or have trouble signing up through Doodle, please call Franja Bryant at 425-562-0353.


Upcoming Programs   

March 3, 2016                                                                       

Center for Urban Horticulture

Dr. Dennis Paulson- "Birds and Plants" 


Everyone knows that birds come to feeders full of seeds. There are a lot of seed-eating birds! But birds relate to our native plants in many more ways than that, both positive and negative, and Dennis Paulson will tell you about this in an illustrated lecture.

Dr. Paulson, recently retired as Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, and has been a professional biologist and naturalist all of his adult life. He began studying natural history as a boy and is a world expert on dragonflies and shorebirds, in addition to teaching master birder classes for the Audubon Society. He is the author of nine books, including Shorebirds of North America and Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West, and 90 scientific papers on birds and dragonflies.

April 20, 2016
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Education Center, Room C  


Dr. Hille Ris Lambers- MeadoWatch: Exploring the link between
climate change and wildflower phenology

Her presentation will be on utilizing Citizen Science to study the effects of climate change in the high mountain meadows of Mt. Ranier National Park, the importance of long-term, community-based ecological monitoring efforts, and the importance of the cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena of wildflowers in the functioning of plant communities.

Dr. Lambers is an ecologist whose research focuses on the processes that structure plant communities and how these are influenced by anthropogenic activities. She is a faculty member in the Biology Department of the University of Washington. Her MeadoWatach program recently received funding through 2016, so we are excited to hear what progress has been made. For more information on her lab’s activities visit: http://faculty.washington.edu/jhrl/Indes.html


Recent Programs

February 2016                                                                                             

Ed Alverson- The genus Erythronium in Western North America

Western North America is the global center of Erythronium diversity, with 22 of the 33 species found worldwide. Ed has spent the last several decades roaming in search of fawn lilies, avalanche lilies and their kin.

The Western species exhibit a wide range of flower color and leaf form, and under optimal conditions, they can form large colonies. While some of these species are widespread, many are localized endemics.

Ed will show photos of both the common and the rare species, and share some of what he has experienced from his wide-ranging explorations.


January 2016

 Heidi Bohan- The Winter Moons-Native Plant Uses of the Season

The long nights of Winter draw our attention to the celestial skies. The risings of the sun, moon and stars define the season and guide the daily activities of ancient cultures around the world. Join Heidi as she guides us through the moons of Winter's seasonal rhythms and traditional plant uses, of the Pacific Northwest tribes.

For more information on Heidi's scope of work and her significant contribution to her field of Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany, visit her website: http://heidibohan.com/default.htm



December 2015

Mark Egger-Pacific Paintbrushes:         
A Photographic Synopsis and Celebration of the Castilleja Species of the P.N.W.

Mark’s program will begin with a brief introduction to the anatomy and terminology associated with the genus Castilleja (the Indian Paintbrushes). Mark will then summarize the numerous changes in the taxonomy of this genus and the other closely-related groups since the publication of Hitchcock and Cronquist's Flora of the Pacific Northwest. The program will feature selected images of all of the paintbrush species found in Washington, Oregon, and southern British Columbia, including several new Castilleja species described since the late 1990’s. Information will be provided about the range and ecology of these species, as well as tips concerning their identification.

Mark Egger is a recently retired science teacher and a Research Associate at the Herbarium at the University of Washington-Burke Museum. Mark has devoted much of his free time over the last 32 years to studying the genus Castilleja throughout North America, Mexico, and Central and South America. In addition to being an authority on the genus, Mark is also a highly accomplished photographer. He is a long-standing member of the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society having joined in 1983.


November 2015

Richard Olson- Mountain Goat Management in Olympic National Park:
Some Inconvenient Truths

Olympic National Park is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the management of introduced mountain goats. A draft EIS, expected to be released soon, will identify a preferred management alternative; public comment will be accepted.  WNPS Olympic Pennisula Chapter member, Richard Olson, will review the history of this contentious issue.  He will summarize previous research including the potentially irreversible effects of goats on plants and soils, discuss the challenges and limitations of various population management techniques, and provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions about the biology and public policy aspects of managing unwanted by charismatic non-native species. 

Rich retired in 2006 after a 34-year career with the National Park Service, all at Olympic National Park.  He held positions in aviation and fire management, forestry and natural resources management.  During the Elwha Dam removal project, he did extensive research and planning for the associated habitat restoration.  He was intimately involved in the field research on the Park's non-native mountain goats and was the leader of the high-risk aerial capture and translocation program. 

Contact Rich Olson with questions: roadierich@hotmail.com                     


WNPS Response ONP Mountain Goat Planning Scoping 091714


October 2015

Andy MacKinnon-Life Above the Treeline:  Plant Adaptations in the Alpine 

A presentation celebrating the abundance of the abundant areas of the alpine.

Andy is a Research Ecologist in the Coast Forest Region Research Section of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. To almost everyone interested in our native plants, Andy MacKinnon is a well-known name. Andy is co-author of Plants of the Pacific Northwest and more recently, Alpine Plants of the Northwest with Jim Pojar. Thank you for this incredible presentation and celebration of plant resilience. 

Daniel Winkler- Bellevue Botanical Garden  Edible Mushrooms of the PNW and Beyond 

For more information on his work, including mushroom-centric eco-tours both here and abroad, visit his website at www.mushroaming.com.   

Thank you for attending the successful October plant sale.

Save the date for Spring Plant Sale!  April 30, 2016 - same location!

Bellevue Botanical Garden - 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA  98005

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