Featured Event — 

Appalachian Trail Seasons: Studying Species Relationships in a Changing Climate

Sept. 2, 2016 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

     Phenology is the study of the reoccurring life cycle stages of plants and animals, such as bud break, leaf-out, hibernation, bird migrations, and insect emergence. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, in an effort to track climate change impacts from Georgia to Maine, started a phenology program known as A.T. Seasons. Tracking trends in seasonal changes may help resource managers identify vulnerable species, predict shifts in species ranges, and identify potential areas of species refugia.

     Conner McBane is the Natural Resource Specialist for the Central and Southwestern Virginia Region of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He works on conservation programs such as rare plant monitoring, non-native invasive species monitoring and management, phenology monitoring, and open area management. He received a B.S. in environmental studies from Roanoke College and has gained a deep appreciation for the environment through his work on the Appalachian Trail. He hopes for a thru-hike soon.


This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact Dan Crawford at  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at:


Earth Friendly Friday - UU Church of Roanoke