October 9, 2018* Tuesday, 7:30 PM Add to Calendar
Lois Lindberg: “Shu Swamp Preserve and the Beaver Brook Watershed.”
Shu Swamp Preserve, officially the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary in Mill Neck, is a 60-acre jewel of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary system of preserves and is one component of the larger Beaver Brook Watershed. Acquisitions by Nassau County and the North Shore Land Alliance have added critical parcels that create a natural corridor to protect this valuable ecosystem.  This program will explore the area’s beauty and biodiversity, especially highlighting the wildflowers and other flora of this special place.

Lois has been involved in nature, ecology, and outdoor education and interpretation for many years. She has a degree in Biology from Hofstra University, and is a past Curator of Natural Science for Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, having worked at Muttontown, Welwyn, Sands Point, Garvies Point, and Tackapausha Preserves. She is currently the Membership Chair for the Long Island Botanical Society, and volunteers at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay as a naturalist/field trip leader.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

November 13, 2018* Tuesday, 7:30 PM Add to Calendar
John Potente: "Herbicides in Agriculture and Land Restoration."
John will discuss the role of herbicides in crop production and land restoration. The program will cover how they are used, what they are intended to do, and what ecological consequences may arise from their use. He will also discuss the collateral effects of herbicides on nonplant species.

John Potente is president of Native America and recently published his second book entitled Ode to an Egg, an analogy between the Humpty Dumpty story and planet Earth. In the first stanzas of Ode, Humpty is described as "an egg that was wide and a little tall, not quite so round, with a bulge in his middle," a poetic way of describing a slightly oblate spheroid, the true shape of Earth . . . and Humpty Dumpty. John, a life member of LIBS, served on the executive board for 14 years from 1998 to 2011 and was editor of the Newsletter for four years. He is still active in his dental practice.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

December 11, 2018* Tuesday, 7:30 PM Add to Calendar
Members Night
Members are welcome to bring photos, stories, specimens, and tales of peculiar sightings of favorite plants. This is a great opportunity to show what you have found while exploring on Long Island or elsewhere. Please contact Rich Kelly in advance to advise as to the approximate number of images/slides that you would like to show and preferred medium of presentation. Thanks.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

Reminder: there will be no meetings in January, February or March.

April 9, 2019* Tuesday, 7:30 PM Add to Calendar
Marie George: “Are Plants Sentient?”
Recently, a number of biologists have claimed that plants are sentient (able to perceive or feel things). For example, Daniel Chamovitz claims that the dodder sniffs out its host and Peter Wohlleben maintains that certain plants taste the saliva of insects chewing on them. A number of scientific papers appear to show that plants are capable of habituation and classical conditioning, which seems to indicate that they are sentient. Nevertheless, many biologists and philosophers remain skeptical. Marie is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University and holds an MA in biology from Queens College, NY. Originally from California, and an avid hiker from an early age, Marie got interested in botany while in grad school upon finally noticing the fine details that differentiate plants. After getting tenure in the St. John’s philosophy department, she pursued her interest in plants while studying biology at Queens College. Marie is an organic gardener and sometimes teaches environmental ethics.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

May 14, 2019* Tuesday, 7:30 PM Add to Calendar
Andrew Leslie: "Late Cretaceous Plant Fossils from Garvies Point, Long Island."
Collections were made and analyzed of Late Cretaceous clays and lignites from Garvies Point, Long Island, which contained a variety of micro and meso scale fossils. These include several kinds of charcoalified fossil flowers, although angiosperm fossils are rare in general. The most common fossils in the assemblage are megaspores of lycopsids and Marsiliaceous water ferns, which suggest a wet habitat with numerous aquatic pteridophytes. Andrew is a paleobotanist at Brown University who specializes in gymnosperms. Most of his work has focused on understanding the evolution of conifer reproductive structures by combining data from the fossil record with studies of how cones function in living species. In addition to working on fossils from New England, he has also collected fossils in Mongolia, Patagonia, and New Caledonia.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

June 11, 2019* Tuesday, 5:30 PM (please note early start time for the barbecue)
Annual Barbeque
The annual barbecue, featuring Chef Eric's made-to-order hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads, deviled eggs, desserts, etc. gladly accepted. The traditional location—on the green behind the Muttontown Preserve meeting house.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

*Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30.
Formal meeting starts at 8:00 PM.
Directions to Muttontown: 516-354-6506

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