NBNC Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series – Slugs, Seed Dispersers, & Stone Walls: Community Ecology of Northeastern Herbaceous Flora with Nathan Kiel

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December 2, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NBNC Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series - Slugs, Seed Dispersers, & Stone Walls: Community Ecology of Northeastern Herbaceous Flora with Nathan Kiel

North Branch Nature Center
Phone:802-229-6206
Address: 713 Elm Street Montpelier, VT

Free | Live via ZOOM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89360095669


Every spring, naturalists seek the friendly faces of Spring Beauty, Red Trillium, and Bloodroot as symbols of warming temperatures and lengthening days. These dense carpets of herbaceous plants  in the forest floor comprise the majority of vascular plant biodiversity in the north woods. Yet past agricultural activity and other contemporary factors have left many modern forests without these plants, and with little opportunity for natural reestablishment. In this presentation, learn about the little-known ecosystem of dispersers, pollinators, seed thieves, and the other characters involved in the ecology of spring ephemerals. We’ll discuss factors affecting plant distribution on the landscape, and explore current research and restoration initiatives around eastern forests.