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Botanical Trivia

posted Apr 26, 2018, 5:34 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW

The Wisconsin State Herbarium and the Botanical Club of Wisconsin present: Botanical Trivia Night!

Please join us on Tuesday May 8th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for an evening that is sure to be both a fun and educational! Botanical Trivia! Test your botanical knowledge and socialize with other botanists and plant enthusiasts in the third installation of this annual event!

Categories will include:
• Name That Plant
• Botany 101
• The Vegetation of Wisconsin
• What is that fruit?
• Fen and Bog Flora
• Edible Plants
• Famous Wisconsin Botanists
• and more!


No need to have a team beforehand. Teams of 3-4 participants will be formed on site. The format will be very similar to your standard bar trivia and refreshments will be provided!


What: Wisconsin Botanical Trivia!

Where: Room 158, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

When: Tuesday May 8, 2018. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Who: Open to the public




Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx



Refreshments will be provided!

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).


Woodland Grass Workshop

posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:57 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 5:58 PM ]


                                                                                                                      Photo by John Zaborsky


When you think of the grass family (Poaceae), you probably picture rolling prairies and savannas, or maybe acres of corn! But, did you know that there are hundreds of species of grasses that occur in forests and woodlands worldwide? Even in Wisconsin, there are approximately 40 species of grasses that grow mainly or exclusively in forested habitats. John Zaborsky (UW Madison, Botany Dept.) will lead a workshop on the forest grasses of Wisconsin. Attendees are encouraged to bring specimens of forest grasses they have collected and wish to identify.


What: Woodland Grass Workshop, led by UW Madison PhD candidate John Zaborsky

Where: Room 243, Birge Hall, UW Madison campus

When: Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30-8:00pm

Who:
Open to the public

Refreshments will be provided.

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/Visitor_afterhours.aspx 

 Contact Kevin Doyle (kfdoyle@uwalumni.com608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu608 890-1427).

A Quest to Visit Every State Natural Area in Wisconsin

posted Mar 5, 2018, 6:48 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 6:51 PM ]

Photo by Josh Mayer
Photo by Josh Mayer


In 1952 Parfrey’s Glen near Devil's Lake State Park was established as the first State Natural Area in Wisconsin. Since then 686 more SNAs have been added. This system of sites dedicated to protecting the best examples of Wisconsin's natural communities was the first such system in the country and is one of the things that has made Wisconsin a leader in conservation. For the last ten years, Josh Mayer has visited over 500 SNAs across the state in an attempt to check out the unique plants, animals, geologic features, and natural communities that they protect. Josh will discuss stories from his quest to visit every State Natural Area, the plants he's found, and share some the amazing photos he has taken.

 

Who: Josh Mayer; open to the public

What: A Quest to Visit Every State Natural Area in Wisconsin 

Where: Room 258, Birge Hall, UW-Madison Campus

When: March 13th, 6:30-8:00pm


Refreshments will be provided.
Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/Visitor_afterhours.aspx 


Contact Kevin Doyle (kfdoyle@uwalumni.com; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

Fassett's Locoweed Long-term Monitoring

posted Jan 31, 2018, 4:26 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 4:28 PM ]

                                                                        Photo by Janeen Ruby


Fassett’s Locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea) is a state endangered and federally threatened wildflower endemic to Wisconsin. For the last decade researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been tracking populations at a few lakes in central Wisconsin to see how they transition between life stages and how their distribution changes around the lake shore. More recently, Dr. Nic Tippery of UW-Whitewater has put in monitoring wells at the lakes to see how groundwater may impact locoweed survival.  Join us as Dr. Tippery’s team discusses the results from this long-term project and the long-term outlook for one of Wisconsin’s only endemic plants.


What: Long term monitoring of Fassett’s Locoweed in Central Wisconsin

Where: Room 158, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

When: February 13th, 2018. 6:30-8:00 pm.

Who: Open to the public

Refreshments will be provided.

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/Visitor_afterhours.aspx 

 Contact Kevin Doyle (kfdoyle@uwalumni.com608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu608 890-1427).

Fern & Lycophyte Workshop

posted Dec 30, 2017, 9:31 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Dec 30, 2017, 9:45 AM ]

                                                                                                            Photo by Chris Noll

Are you “pterrified” of Pteridophytes? Do you break into a cold sweat at the sight of twice and thrice-pinnate foliage? Or worse, think they all look the same? If so, join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30 PM for a Ferns and Lycophytes workshop with Chris Noll, wetland biologist with the WI DNR.

Ferns and Lycophytes, with their lack of flowering structures, can seem challenging to the uninitiated but most* are not as complicated as they seem. This session will help you learn how to see their key features and walk through the differences between frequently encountered and confused species of quillworts, club mosses, horsetails, and of course – ferns.  Vouchers will be on display for practice and closer inspection.

* Unfortunately, a few are actually more complicated, which will be conveniently ignored for this session …cough Botrychium, Cystopteris J


What: Introduction to the Ferns and Lycophytes (fern allies) of Wisconsin

Where: Room 243, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

When: January 16, 2018. 6:30-8:00 pm.

Who: Open to the public

Refreshments will be provided.

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: 
http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 Contact Kevin Doyle (kfdoyle@uwalumni.com608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu608 890-1427).

 

Behind the Scenes at the Milwaukee Public Museum Herbarium

posted Nov 22, 2017, 7:32 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Nov 24, 2017, 12:29 PM ]


The Botanical Club of Wisconsin will be holding the December monthly meeting on a Thursday in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum. We'll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Botany Department at the MPM by getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the herbarium. The MPM herbarium was established in the 1850s, but the museum did not have afull time botanist on staff until Huron Smith was hired in 1917. Discover the history of this important collection where botanists like Lloyd Shinners (founder of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas), Richard Pohl (Iowa State University), and BCW's own Robert Freckmann (UW-Stevens Point) started their careers and others like Albert Fuller (orchids & Rubus), Huron Smith (ethnobotany) and Carl Taylor (ferns & quillworts) spent their careers. We'll see John T. Curtis's moss collection (author of The Vegetation of Wisconsin), collected while he was an undergraduate and the facilities available to researchers at the museum. Snacks will be provided.

What: Behind-the-scenes tour of the Milwaukee Public Museum Herbarium.

Where: Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI.

When: Thursday December 7th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy free admission to the museum all day!

Who: Open to the public, limited to 20 people due to space. Please RSVP to Chris Tyrrell.

Questions? Contact Chris Tyrrell (tyrrell@mpm.edu; 414-278-2761).

Thanksgiving Social - Parched Eagle Taproom

posted Nov 14, 2017, 3:38 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 3:53 AM ]


The Botanical Club of Wisconsin will be doing something a little different this month – a social event to get together with and get to know other Wisconsin botanists.  Come relax with your fellow plant enthusiasts before heading off to your relatives for T-day!  Our November meeting will be held at the Parched Eagle Taproom on the near east side of Madison.  Stop by and meet other plant enthusiasts and enjoy a libation!   We will provide snacks and sweets.  Bring your suggestions for future topics, plant related questions and comments, and samples or photos of plants you'd like to know more about.  We will also discuss the progress of this year’s very successful contest – Wisconsin Botanists Big Year


What: Social event.


Where: Parched Eagle Taproom, 1444 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI. 


When: Tuesday November 21st, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Who: Open to the public. 


Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu608 890-1427).


Asters of Wisconsin Workshop

posted Oct 9, 2017, 6:56 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 7:20 PM ]

                                                                               Photo by John Zaborsky
The Botanical Club’s monthly events will resume on October 24th with an Aster Workshop led by DNR botanist Kevin Doyle. Fall is a time when asters color the prairies and forests and frustrate those trying to identify them. This workshop will focus on the genus Symphyotrichum but will touch on species formerly assigned to the genus Aster (e.g., Doellingeria, Ionactis, Eurybia). Join us for an opportunity to learn identification tips and examine specimens.

 

What: Aster Workshop, led by DNR botanist Kevin Doyle

Where: Room 243, Birge Hall, UW Madison campus

When: Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30-8:00pm

Who: Open to the public


Refreshments will be provided.


Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:
Campus Parking Information


Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

WISCONSIN BOTANY TRIVIA NIGHT

posted May 2, 2017, 7:51 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated May 2, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Please join us on Tuesday May 9th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for an evening that is sure to be both a fun and educational! Wisconsin Botany Trivia! All questions will be related in some way to the plants of Wisconsin!  Categories will include:
  • Name That Plant
  • Door County Flora
  • State Natural Areas
  • Spring Flora
  • Edible Plants
  • Non-native Plants
  • Botanical Pronunciation
  • Famous Wisconsin Botanists
  • and more!

Come to test your knowledge and to learn more about the flora of Wisconsin!  No need to have a team beforehand.  Teams of 3-4 participants will be formed on site.  Refreshments will be provided!

What: Wisconsin Botany Trivia!

Where: Room 158, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

When: Tuesday May 9, 2017. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Who: Open to the public

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427). 

Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/

Email:  info@botanicalclubofwisconsin@gmail.com

Foray to Honey Creek SNA April 29th.

posted Apr 22, 2017, 1:58 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 2:01 PM ]

The Club will be hosting a number of informal forays this summer in addition to our usual botany blitzes. We'll make trips to Honey Creek State Natural Area in Sauk County throughout the summer to help support the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology's upcoming management plan for the site. Anyone is welcome to join us as we botanize in different parts of the SNA, including pine and hemlock relicts, sedge meadows and oak forests. Learn new plants, see cool natural communities, and help our partners in conservation. Each foray will probably last 2-3 hours. Our first visit will be Saturday April 29th at 10:00 am.  There is no designated parking area at the SNA so park along Skyview Road just west of Alder Drive.  Look for the trailhead and the SNA sign on the north side of Skyview Road. Bring water and snacks or a lunch.

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