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    (Please note location(s) of each meeting.  Directions to each location .)

        ,Monday, January 13, 2020 (Olympia)  7pm
Joe Rocchio

Ecology of Washington's Bogs - A Primer of Ecological Processes, Vegetation, and Response to Human Activities

Joe Roccio Is the Sr. Vegetation Ecologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program. Since joining the WNHP in 2007, a significant portion of his work has focused on Washington’s peatlands. He developed a statewide classification of Washington’s bogs and fens, conducted statewide inventories of high-quality peatlands, and recently initiated research to study the effects of surrounding land use on the vegetation, hydrological regime, and water chemistry of western Washington bogs.

The term ‘bog’ has been variously defined in both a scientific and nontechnical context. This has resulted in miscommunication about conservation values, hydrological settings, management issues, and regulatory guidance. In this presentation, the distinctions between bog and other peatland types will be explored and a standardized classification of Washington's peatland types will be reviewed. Washington State is at the southern edge of bog distribution in western North America.   As such, these ecosystems are relatively rare on the landscape and support a unique flora and numerous rare species. Regional factors controlling bog distribution and ecological drivers affecting the composition and structure of vascular and nonvascular species will be discussed. 

Past and current human stressors have resulted in the loss and degradation of many Washington's bogs. Ecological responses to these stressors will be discussed in the context of long-term successional dynamics and climate change. Bogs from the South Sound region will be used as examples throughout the presentation. The talk will conclude with proposed research, management and conservation actions.        

NOTE: ** The January 13 meeting will be held INSIDE THE Lord Mansion, rather than in the Coach House behind the mansion**



Monday, February 10, 2020  (Olympia)  7pm
Cyndy Dillon
Winter Twig ID

When there are no flowers or even leaves, do you ever wonder how you can identify native
plants? Join Cyndy and learn first-hand, how to get started. Cyndy Dillon is a 2009 graduate of the WNPS Native Plant Stewardship training, after which she became an exemplary doer and leader within the South Sound Chapter of the WNPS.Twig ID is an ongoing, learning process. For those who would like a reference book to use for follow up, we recommend Winter Twigs: A Wintertime key to Deciduous Trees and Shrubs of Northwestern Oregon and Western Washington by Helen M. Gilkey & Patricia L Packard.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020  (Tacoma)  7pm
Cyndy Dillon
Winter Twig ID

See above.



Monday, March 9, 2020 (Olympia)  7pm
SCHEDULE CHANGE:  Due to health concerns, our original speaker, Terri Knoke, has canceled.
ALTERNATE SPEAKER:  Kyle Hooper
Is There a Carnivorous Plant in Your Future?

 Kyle Hooper, is owner of West Coast Carnivorous, a specialty nursery that provides a range of indoor and outdoor carnivorous species.  Don’t miss out, as he’ll be bringing seedling “babies”  to give away!

 

Wednesday
, March 11, 2020 (Tacoma)  7pm
SCHEDULE CHANGE:  Due to health concerns, our original speaker, Terri Knoke, has canceled.
ALTERNATE SPEAKER:  Kyle Hooper
Is There a Carnivorous Plant in Your Future?

See
above.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (Tacoma)  7pm   CANCELED
Dana Kelly-Bressette

Outstanding
Native Plants for the Home Landscape

Here is an outstanding way to start Native Plant Appreciation Month and prepare for the Spring Native Plant Sales. Dana is the Plant Production Manager at Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor. She has written many articles on ecological gardening and curates two websites of her thoughts, with stunning images of her landscapes and plantings. You may visit and enjoy Dana’s website, Habitat Horticulture PNW, A Guide to Ecologically-friendly Landscape Gardening, http://habitathorticulturepnw.com.



Monday, April 13, 2020 (Olympia)  7pm   CANCELED
Jenny Glass
Impacts
of Diseases & Pests on Native Plants

Just because a plant is native, it isn’t immune from pests. Jenny Glass manages the WSU Puyallup Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab where she seeks out fungal pathogens and plant problems. She is known to quip “...Western WA grows moss, moles, and annual blue-grass better than turf on many sites.” Join us to find out why.




 

May Joint Chapter Meeting — a Webinar
Monday, May 11, 2020  7pm
 

Presentation  - Kevin Zobrist presentation on Current Forest & Tree Health Issues In Western Washington

Kevin Zobrist is a WSU Professor in Everett, who coordinates the Puget Sound Extension Forestry program supporting landowners who manage forested properties. WSU Extention is hosting this meeting for us.

You must register by 4:30 pm, May 11, 2020 

Follow this link well in advance of the webinar. This is the registration link, not the webinar access link: https://wsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t1kTZXx8TQWkWz2iYasPVg

 IMPORTANT:

1.      You need to have your own Zoom account to register.  If you do not have a zoom account please sign up for a free account at https://zoom.us/signup.

2.     Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for how to log on.

3.     You should log in to the webinar at least 15 minutes before the webinar start time. This gives a little time to troubleshoot if you are having problems connecting.

4.     If you are interested in this topic but cannot attend the live webinar, please register anyway! The webinar will be recorded but only registered attendees will receive a link to the recorded version.


Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation need to contact Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forestry, at kevin.zobrist@wsu.edu or 425-357-6017 no later than May 1st.

Dr. Kevin Zobrist is a WSU professor in Everett. He coordinates the Puget Sound Extension Forestry program supporting landowners who manage forested properties. Kevin is also the author of the very useful guide, Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide (2014).





Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (Tacoma)  7pm   CANCELED
Joe Roccio
Ecology of Washington's Bogs - A Primer of Ecological Processes,
Vegetation, and Response to Human Activities

Joe Roccio is the senior Vegetation Ecologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program. Since joining the WNHP in 2007, a significant portion of his work has focused on Washington’s peatlands. He developed a statewide classification of Washington’s bogs and fens, conducted statewide inventories of high-quality peatlands, and recently initiated research to study the effects of surrounding land use on the vegetation, hydrological regime, and water chemistry of western Washington bogs. Come join Joe to learn about this important part of our environment.
 


Meeting Locations:

OLYMPIA
Lord Mansion Coach House (formerly Washington State Capitol Museum)
211 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501


Directions to the Lord Mansion Coach House: From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 105, following the "State Capital/City Center" route. Go through the tunnel, (get in the left hand lane) and turn left (south) onto Capital Way. Go one block past the stop light and Frog Pond Grocery store.  Turn right on 22nd Avenue.  The Coach House is on the right in the second block.
 

TACOMA
Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA  98405
253.591.6439

Directions to the Tacoma Nature Center: From Interstate 5, take State Highway 16 towards Gig Harbor. Look for the 19th Street EAST, exit and take it, which puts you onto South 19th Street. Travel to the first light, turn right on South Tyler, and then left into the first driveway at the Tacoma Nature Center.


General Meeting Information

South Sound Chapter presentations are held on the
second Monday and Wednesday of the month (October through May, in Olympia and Tacoma, respectively):

  • In Olympia, we typically gather at the Lord Mansion Coach House (211 21st Avenue SW).
  • In Tacoma, we typically gather at the Tacoma Nature Center (1919 South Tyler; 253-591-6439).
  • On occasion, however, our presentations are held at alternate facilities to accommodate larger audiences, so please be sure to note where each  meeting is held before you embark.

All meetings are open to the public and most are free of charge. Refreshments are typically provided by WNPS volunteers. We hope you'll join us for an evening of camaraderie and education about the world of native plants as well as the habitats that they create and sustain.

Outside of field trips and holiday gatherings, most meetings start at 7:00 pm. These "meetings" consist of a quick preview of activity announcements, but are mostly grounded in presentations that last 45 minutes to over an hour. Our topics are geared to attract and speak to neophytes and amateurs, as well as "dyed-in-the-wool" or otherwise committed botanists. We may be biased, but we think our presentations are top of the line!  

Members and the public are invited to attend all presentations.  For more information about our programs, please contact the Chapter Chair.

We hope to see all of you at the meetings!!!