|Ohio's native orchid species collage|
First up on the docket for 2013 is this month's meeting for the Marietta Natural History Society. Dave McShaffrey, professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Marietta College was kind enough to ask me to give a presentation for their monthly gathering. The topic will come as little to no surprise for those of you who read this blog with any kind of consistency: Ohio's native orchids! Orchids have always been my deepest passion in the botanical world not only for their physical beauty but their fascinating life histories, habitat niches, and deep diversity. I'm very fortunate to have come across 44 of Ohio's 47-49 taxa (depending on if you count hybrids/varieties in the count) in my travels and excursions and I hope to bring those species and their findings to life.
So for any interested parties living in southeastern Ohio and/or in/near Marietta, I invite you to attend the monthly meeting at Marietta College's Selby Hall room 150 at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 11th! It's free and open to the public and I'd love to see you there! Hopefully you'll see some orchids you've never seen or knew existed along with some interesting facts.