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September 2022

Field Trip: Van Buren County Powerline

September 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. This is a new powerline for our fall wildflower outing. It will require a bit more driving. Hopefully some of the bog orchids will still be in bloom but mostly we will be seeing goldenrods and asters. We will be able to mix driving and walking. This will be handy if it is a hot day. Meeting Places: Shell Station on the south side of the Peavine exit in Crossville…

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Field Trip: Walker Branch State Natural Area

September 3 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Description:  We will walk through a field of ironweed, asters, goldenrods, and other colorful plants. We will discuss plants and the insects that visit them. This field is home for the uncommon Dion Skipper and Southeastern Plains Bumblebee. The walk is considered easy and kid friendly. Meeting Place/Time: We will meet in the parking lot for AutoZone Auto Parts at 235 Water St. Suite A, Savannah, TN 38372; coordinates of the meeting site are 35.221984, -88.246275.  Meet at 9:30 am…

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Field Trip: Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens and Worthington Cemetery TVA Ecological Study Area

September 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for Wild Ones, TNPS and TCWP. The Oak Ridge Barrens is a small property that supports at least three Tennessee rare plant species: prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides), naked-stem sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), and Torrey’s mountain mint (Pycnanthemum torreyi). Torrey’s mountain mint is not only rare in Tennessee but considered globally imperiled by NatureServe. Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) has managed the Barrens for 26 years. Volunteer workdays continue to control exotic and native woody,…

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Field Trip: Roadside Botanizing in Northern Decatur County

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:  We will explore the roadsides of northern Decatur County and the wildflowers along the way.  Liatris and goldenrods will be numerous, and we will be on the lookout for barbed rattlesnake-root (Nabalus barbatus), a rare plant in Tennessee. Meeting Place/Time:  Love’s Truckstop off Exit 126, I-40. 10:00 am Central Difficulty:  Easy to moderate Lunch:  Bring Facilities:  At meeting place. Leader:  Bart Jones,  Phone: 901-485-2745  Email: bjones7777@hotmail.com

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Seminar: Steve Murphree, Insect Pollinators

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Steve Murphree is a Professor of Biology at Belmont University who specializes in Entomology and Ecology Research. He is a frequent contributor of articles about arthropods to the Tennessee Conservationist and has been interviewed about insects by local print, radio and television media. Since coming to Belmont, he has visited many classrooms in middle Tennessee to give insect/spider presentations, and has taught summer insect day camps for children (Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies).  He assists staff members at local nature centers/events…

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October 2022

Seminar: Larry Pounds, Fall Wildflowers

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Larry Pounds earned his doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Tennessee. Since then he has been fortunate enough to make a living mostly “hiking around” looking for rare plants. He has worked as a botanical consultant for several organizations, currently TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He serves on the boards of the Tennessee Native Plant Society, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Cumberland Trails Conference. He often leads wildflower walks for the public. With his recent…

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November 2022

Seminar: Margie Hunter, Beyond Aesthetics: Garden As If Life Depends On It

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wise gardening choices in residential and commercial landscapes help ensure the health and survival of local wildlife as well as ourselves.  Recent research and in-depth observations demonstrate the value of native plants as the backbone for urban and suburban green space to attract and support the diversity of life needed for a truly functional (and beautiful) landscape.  We’ll explore the findings of various authors and researchers and discuss their recommendations for creating gardens that offer a sustainable lifeline for everyone…

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