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January 2021

Meeting Program – Nature Highlights of Scotland and Ireland by Bob Gress

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From rugged coastlines to Caledonian forests to mountain highlands, the Scottish islands maintain some of the most pristine wilderness in the United Kingdom. Wildlife thrives in much of this country of castles, lochs, moors, heaths, glens and firths.  The Emerald Isle’s physical appeal endures, but by no means is entirely green. The gray limestone Burrens in County Clare and the black peat bogs of the Midlands accent this beautiful landscape. This program highlights Scotland and Ireland’s traditional culture, landscapes, rural…

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February 2021

Meeting Program – CRP is the Bees’ Knees: Native Bee Communities By Alex Morphew

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Native bees are important pollinators currently experiencing population declines expected to be most severe in agricultural landscapes such as those found in Kansas and across the Great Plains. These declines are largely linked to habitat fragmentation due to agricultural intensification and pose a serious threat to pollination stability in grassland ecosystems. Restoration efforts aiming to mitigate these losses include the federally supported Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which aims to create wildlife and pollinator habitat on marginally productive agricultural land. From…

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