Wildflowers of Texas
Michael Eason will talk about Texas wildflowers and will explain the diversity of our flora and reasons behind this diversity. His presentation will include numerous photographs of Texas flora and their habitats. There will be images of plants that have rarely, if ever, been photographed, and the associated tales tracking down some of these plants. Michael will talk about new species in Texas and the rediscovery of a South Texas water lily (Nymphaea ampla), and will include examples of pollination biology, seed dispersal, and errors in collections.
Michael's book, Wildflowers of Texas, is a field guide covering 1,170 taxa of both native and naturalized species, and primarily covers herbaceous flowering plants. The book contains common, uncommon, and rare plants found within the borders of Texas. While the book contains species found in other field guides, many of the plants within have never been included in other Texas field guides and some of the plants never properly, if ever, photographed.
Michael Eason is a freelance botanist who performs plant surveys and inventories on both private and public lands throughout Texas. Additionally, he is on staff at San Antonio Botanical Gardens, where he heads their Rare Plant Research and Conservation Program. Previously he worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as their Conservation Program Manager, a position he held from 2003-2012. During this time he managed such projects as the Millennium Seed Bank, Ferns of the Trans-Pecos, and Vegetation Survey of Big Bend National Park.
Good Faith Impact
Tracy Wallace will tell us about Good Faith Impact, a non-profit organization focused on workforce development and training in the community for renewable energy jobs and clean technology business practices. Such training will promote environmentally conscious careers that improve the conditions in local communities. Empowerment programming will address the root causes of poverty through sustainable solutions that have a lasting impact.
Everybody is welcome. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.
From 6:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy snacks and refreshments as you wander among various issue booths to pick up information and talk with Sierra Club members.
Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org