WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series

nature connection series pawpaw Local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects give public talks at the Arboretum each summer as part of the 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 the public, 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!

2019 Calendar of Speakers and Talks:

June 4:  
Eddie Brzostek , WVU, Assistant Professor of Biology:   
The hidden half: How roots drive tree growth

June 11:  
Brin Kessinger , WVU, Graduate Student:  
Dazzling darters: Ecology and conservation of WV's endangered fish species

June 18:  
Jesse Fallon , Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Veterinarian:  
Get the lead out: Lead toxicity in scavenging raptors

June 25:  
Dan Feller , Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Western Regional Ecologist:  
The truth about bats and bat research

July 2:
Zachary Loughman , West Liberty University, Associate Professor of Biology:  
Crazy crawdads and maddening mudbugs: Natural history and conservation of WV's crayfish

July 9:  
Quinton Phelps , WVU, Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries:  
Big river fish ecology

July 16:  
Nicolas Zegre , WVU, Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology:  
WV water security: Implications and opportunities of a changing climate

July 23:  
Katie Fallon , Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Author:    
Cerulean warbler: WV's unofficial state bird

July 30:  
Mike Powell , The Nature Conservancy in WV, Director of Lands:  
Red spruce forests in WV--past, current, and future status

August 6:  
Jon Weems , WVU Core Arboretum, Retired Arboretum Specialist:  
Tall trees and tight money: The history of WVU Core Arboretum

August 13:  
Jim Thompson , WVU, Professor of Soils and Land Use:  
Top 10 things everyone should know about soils and landscapes in WV

August 20:  
Frank Jernejcic , WV Division of Natural Resources, Retired Fisheries Biologist:  
Monitoring, marking, and relocating timber rattlesnakes at Cooper's Rock and WVU State Forests

August 27:  
Joan Beard , Retired Developmental Psychologist and Occupational Therapist:  
Wild edible and medicinal plants: Current research findings on efficacy

The 2019 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship, and donations from the public. All speakers are volunteers. Thank you to all who support the mission of WVU Core Arboretum!