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Lecture: The Rare Plants of Massachusetts, by Bryan Connolly

This is the final lecture in the series called "Evenings with Experts: 2012" that is sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library.

*****From the Grow Native Massachusetts website:

From its calcareous cobbles to its coastal plains, Massachusetts has a broad diversity of eco-regions and is home to 1,814 species of native plants. Of these, 254 (or 14 percent) are vulnerable to extinction and are protected by the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. Even more are species of conservation concern. Tonight, we get a valuable overview of these many vulnerable plants and the threats they face--from habitat destruction to invasive plants to climate change. We have significant challenges ahead of us if we are to ensure their survival. Bryan Connolly is the State Botanist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.*****

The talk should last about an hour with time for Q&A afterward. Bryan Connolly may have a book to promote, but I'm not certain about this.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating, and I plan to be seated in the auditorium, on the left side, between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Look for me and my red backpack.

Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.

Limited public parking is available to all under the library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. The parking fee is $1.00/hour. Limited metered spaces, as well as Cambridge resident street spaces, are available in the area.

The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.


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  • Mariko

    good to sit around together to listen to interesting plants talk.

    June 7, 2012

  • Marianne

    Who knew that the Bay State was home to so many species of orchids? Or that the state's ecosystems support plant species that are rare in the rest of the world? Interesting and accessible presentation.

    June 6, 2012

  • Marianne

    Please keep your RSVPs up to date. Thanks!

    June 6, 2012

  • Ale

    I have a conservation commission meeting tonight :( Please apologize to Bryan!

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wanted to make this lecture but my evening did not pan out the way I would have wanted. If this happens again I won't miss it. Sorry to not be able to make it.

    June 5, 2012

  • Marianne

    I plan to be seated in the auditorium, on the left side as you face the stage, between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

    June 5, 2012

  • Ale

    Bryan is awesome!!!

    May 27, 2012

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