WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series

woodland amphitheaterLocal and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects will give public talks at the Arboretum each summer as part of the new WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series. The Nature Connection Series talks happen on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 at the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater, starting in early June and continuing through late August. These talks are free and open to all, and no registration is required. All of the talks are outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Some of the talks include walking and/or fieldwork. Talks will be moved or cancelled if the weather is inclement. Come be a part of the WVU Core Arboretum nature crew!

2017 Calendar of Speakers and Talks:

June 6:  
Megan Kruger, WV Water Research Institute, Environmental Education Associate:  
Investigating nature's calendar:  A pathway to citizen science

June 13:  
Matt Kasson, WVU, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology:  
Backyard beetles:  Using citizen science to uncover beetle biodiversity hidden in plain sight

June 20:  
Chris Rota, WVU, Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources:  
Migratory birds in WVU Core Arboretum

June 27:  
Jesse Fallon, Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Veterinarian:  
(wild bird/animal rehabilitation and Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia)

July 4:  none

July 11:  
Jamie Schuler, WVU, Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management:  
(maple syrup biology and production)

July 18:  
Sandy Liebhold, US Forest Service, Research Entomologist:  
Biological invasions of forest insects and diseases

July 25:  
Donna Foster, US Forest Service, Landscape Architect and 
Heather Smith, US Forest Service, Botanist:  
Ecological impacts of invasive exotic plants

August 1:  
Sue Olcott, WV Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Biologist:  
Nomads on the wind:  Declines and hopes for the monarch butterfly

August 8:  
Katie Fallon, Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Author:  
Vulture:  The private life of an unloved bird

August 15:  
Craig Barrett, WVU, Assistant Professor of Biology:  
Beyond photosynthesis: Alternative nutritional lifestyles in plants

August 22:  
Albert R. Buckelew, Jr., Bethany College, Professor Emeritus of Biology:  
(bird range expansions in WV)


The 2017 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship. All speakers are volunteers. Thank you to all who support the mission of WVU Core Arboretum!