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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.

NEW! Wisconsin Botanists Big Year 2017

posted Apr 22, 2017, 2:59 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 3:32 AM ]

Calling all Wisconsin botanists, plant lovers, and nature enthusiasts! The Botanical Club of Wisconsin is sponsoring a contest to see who can find and document the most plant species in Wisconsin in 2017! In addition, as a club, we will be competing against the Illinois Native Plant Society to see which club can find the most plant species in their respective state!


To learn how to participate in the fun, click on the PDF link below


NEW! BCW Board of Directors – Call for Nominations!

posted Apr 22, 2017, 2:29 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 3:13 AM ]

The Botanical Club of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that aims to: 1) encourage
individual and group study, scientific research, fellowship, and the dissemination of information concerning plants through meetings, publications, field trips and other mechanisms, and 2) promote the preservation of the flora and habitats of the Wisconsin region. The club is governed by a Board of Directors composed of both elected and appointed officers. The elected officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and they are to be selected annually by the membership by means of ballots published in one of the club’s periodicals or by special mailing. This election will take place in June, and the terms of all elected officers will begin at the close of the annual business meeting on 15 July 2017.

At this time, we would like to open up nominations for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are especially interested in receiving nominations for the position of Vice-President, as our current Vice-President, Paul Skawinski, has announced that he will not run for re-election this year. The primary roles of the Vice-President include attending Board Meetings and to planning the BCW Annual Meeting.

If you have questions about any of these positions or the nomination process, please contact Mary Ann Feist, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at botanicalclubofwisconsin@gmail.com.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else follow this link to make an anonymous nomination: http://goo.gl/e68eX6, or send an email to the Nominations Committee at botanicalclubofwisconsin@gmail.com. Nominations will be accepted until 15 May 2017.


Click on the PDF below to view BCW elected officer descriptions.


April 18th Meeting. BCW Thomson Award Winners Share Their Research!

posted Apr 11, 2017, 3:56 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 2:02 PM ]


Dr. John Thomson, known as "Dean of North American Lichenology", was a professor of botany at UW-Madison for four decades. In 1968 he founded the Botanical Club of Wisconsin. To honor his memory, the John Thomson Research Award was established to encourage student research on Wisconsin's non-cultivated plants. Each year BCW presents the award to an undergraduate and graduate student from a Wisconsin college or university. At our next meeting, Jeff Rose, the 2014 graduate award winner and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Botany, will present a talk about his research—Morphological evolution at multiple taxonomic scales in the phlox family.In addition, Maegan Gagne, the 2015 award winner, will discuss her research—Temperature-related decline in boreal trees of northern Wisconsin.  Come out for an evening and hear about two botanical research currently being conducted by UW students!

Where: 158 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Dr., University of Wisconsin, Madison. Information on parking options can be found here: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx
When: Tuesday April 18th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).


March 14th BCW Meeting! What is systematics and why do plant names keep changing?

posted Mar 6, 2017, 11:50 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 4:04 PM ]

To what family do maples belong?  Sapindaceae! (not Aceraceae).  What is the genus name for 'shooting stars'?  It's Primula! (not Dodecatheon).  Many of us have experienced the frustration of learning that a plant family or genus name has been changed by taxonomists.  Plant name changes are not new, but it seems that they have happened more dramatically in recent years as DNA sequence data is routinely used by plant systematists.  Dr. Ken Cameron is Director of the WI State Herbarium, but also oversees his own molecular systematics research laboratory at UW-Madison.  He will give an introductory lecture on and lead a discussion of the principles and methods of contemporary systematics, classification based on phylogeny, and an overview of the international rules of botanical nomenclature, in order to shed light on why plant names continue to change.

Where: 158 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Dr., University of Wisconsin, Madison.  

Information on parking options can be found here: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx

When: Tuesday March 14th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Who: Open to the public.

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

February 21 Madison BCW Meeting @ Next Door Brewing Co.

posted Feb 18, 2017, 9:55 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 11:49 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.  Our February meeting will be held at Next Door Brewing Company on the near east side of Madison.  Stop by and meet other plant enthusiasts and enjoy a libation! 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 Illinois Native Plant Society’s invitation to join a multi-state botanical society contest – Midwest Botanists Big Year. A summary of the Illinois-specific contest from 2016 can be seen on the INPS website at: https://www.ill-inps.org/illinois-botanists-big-year-2016/. This year INPS would like to broaden the event to include plant societies and clubs from neighboring states.

 

January 17th - An Introduction to the Identification of Wisconsin’s Pondweeds (Potamogeton)

posted Jan 4, 2017, 4:56 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Feb 19, 2017, 8:01 AM ]

Please join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday, January 17th for an introduction to the identification of pondweeds (Potamogeton: Potamogetonaceae) of Wisconsin by Brenton Butterfield, a freshwater lakes ecologist with Onterra, LLC.  Pondweeds are the most diverse genus of aquatic plants in Wisconsin and one of the most ecologically important.  However, identification can often be difficult due to a high degree of phenotypic plasticity and hybridization.  This identification workshop will focus on Potamogeton species in Wisconsin and will allow participants to work with both common and rare species.  You're encouraged to bring your own specimens or photos that may have been giving you difficulty. 

What: Introduction to the identification of Wisconsin’s Pondweeds (Potamogeton)

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

When: January 17, 2017. 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 (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

December 13 - Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

posted Dec 8, 2016, 2:18 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Feb 19, 2017, 8:01 AM ]

Please join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday December 13th for the following presentation by Dr. Michael Nee: Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. 

 Dr. Michael Nee, Emeritus Associate Curator of the New York Botanical Garden and Richland Center native, will present his ongoing research on the flora of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.  Although Dr. Nee has spent several decades studying the plants of tropical America, including Veracruz, Mexico, and Bolivia, he has a deep interest in the vegetation of southern Wisconsin and is a prolific collector and documenter of the flora.

 Dr. Nee will discuss the nuts and bolts of conducting a floristic inventory of an area including:  

  • What criteria go into delimiting an area for floristic research.
  • Time with "boots on the ground".
  • Time in the herbarium.
  • Time on the internet.
  • Problem taxonomic groups.
  • Time depth and evaluating floristic changes.

What: Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.

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

When: December 13, 2016. 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 (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427

November 15 - The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

posted Nov 6, 2016, 5:53 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Feb 19, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

Botanical Club of Wisconsin Presentation and Meeting

 

Please join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday November 15th for the following presentation by Paul Hlina of the Lake Superior Research Institute:  The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

 

The Bois Brule River and its watershed (Douglas Co.) remain unique and outstanding among watersheds in all of Wisconsin.  The river’s cool spring waters with an even and constant flow and the surrounding land have for centuries sustained a system of unique and threatened forest communities in Wisconsin (Pine Barrens, Cedar Swamps and Boreal Forests).  The natural communities of this watershed and their progression throughout the past 160 years will be discussed starting with the 1852 Public Land Surveys conducted by Stunz & Fellows.  This will be followed by summaries of the vegetation surveys of J. W. Thomson (1942-1944) and the forest plots of D.W. Davidson (1968-1969).  Finally, the results of the first year of a three-year ongoing study of the current status of the vegetation of the region will be presented.  Paul Hlina of the Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) will take you on a journey of the plant changes between these time periods and highlight the rich flora that still exists in the Brule River watershed today.  The current Brule River project is a large collaboration and includes botanists from a number of organizations including LSRI, the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the Illinois Natural History Survey, UW-Stevens Point, and the Minnesota DNR.

 

What: The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

 

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

 

When: November 15, 2016. 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 (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

 

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