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Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program

  • 02/13/2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

Topic: "Maryland Natural and Cultural Histories of Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park"

Speaker: Megan Carr, Research Consultant, Frostburg State University

Please join us as Ms. Carr discusses an ongoing project at Frostburg State University that seeks to locate known populations of at-risk plant species in Harpers Ferry. The unique combination of underlying geology and disturbance patterns at Harpers Ferry creates uncommon habitats that are home to many rare plant species. During this talk, she will discuss some of the rare, threatened, and endangered plants found in Harpers Ferry, their current status, life histories, role in local ecosystems, and some of the threats that face these populations. 

Megan Carr is fascinated by the relationship between people and their environments (and especially plants.) Originally from south Texas, she has conducted ecological fieldwork in Hawaii, Ecuador, and around the mid-Atlantic region. She enjoys hiking and spending time at home with her pet bird and too many houseplants. She earned a BS in Ethnobotany from Frostburg State University, and a Master's in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently a research consultant at FSU in the ethnobotany lab of Dr. Sunshine Brosi.

This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.

Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.

No registration is required.


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