MNPS Meetings of Interest to Lepsters

The Maryland Native Plant Society, Greater Baltimore Chapter, has a couple of upcoming winter lectures with great relevance for those of us whose main interest is butterflies.  The January lecture is about our favored Leonard’s skipper habitat, Soldiers Delight, and the restoration efforts ongoing there.  February’s feature is wavy-leaved basketgrass ecology, and we all know that basketgrass is spreading rapidly along wooded paths and forest margins across the region where it outcompetes native host and nectar plants (although I did see northern pearly-eye ovipositing on it in Monocacy NRMA in 2010).  And the March session is about native lupine conservation — a preferred host for at least some local populations of frosted elfin.  The lectures are open to non-members. Registration is not required.

*Soldiers Delight Restoration*
Date: January 18, 2012 @ 7pm
Speaker: Wayne Tyndall
For the past 20 years, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has coordinated the restoration of indigenous grassland and oak savanna communities in Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, including pine removal, prescribed burning, managed deer hunts, and invasive species management. DNR Restoration Ecologist, Wayne Tyndall, will give an overview of what has been learned about the indigenous serpentine ecosystem, including geology, origin, and landscape history, plus a summary of past, present, and future restoration and management efforts.
Location: Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills, MD 21117.

*Wavy-leaved Basketgrass Ecology*
Date: February 15, 2012 @ 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp
Maryland is “ground zero” for the invasive plant, wavy-leaved basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus subsp. undulatifolius). Towson University plant ecologist, Vanessa Beauchamp will discuss the ecology of this insidious non-native grass.
Location: Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD 21163.

*Saving the Sundial Lupine*
Date: March 21, 2012 @ 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Sara Tangren
The University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanic Garden has completed it first Rare Plant Heritage Project, conservation of the state-threatened sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis). Soil Scientist and Plant Ecologist, Dr. Sara Tangren, will discuss the unique habitats where Maryland’s remaining lupines grow, the factors responsible for their precipitous decline, and the successful efforts that are being made to save them.
Location: Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills, MD 21117.

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