Conservation Stories: A Virtual Lecture Series
We need native plants. Their importance cannot be overstated; they sustain countless forms of wildlife; they improve the air that we breathe by filtering pollutants, sequestering carbon and offering oxygen; they define the places we hold dear. California native plants have been integral to the stories of every California Native American culture since time immemorial and they are part of every Californian’s story today.
With climate change, expansive urban development, environmental degradation and other significant challenges, the future of many California native plants and places is far from certain. But these challenges are worth fighting for the future of our native plants, habitats and the human communities they sustain.
That is the mantra of our amazing guests and this lecture series. Through these talks, we aim to share the stories of diverse plant scientists and conservationists who are leading efforts to safeguard and celebrate native plants from all corners of California. Hear from these inspiring individuals about their actions to safeguard threatened species and habitats - and how you can help!
This fall, join us via Zoom every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm - 7pm for an evening of conversation about conservation. You must register online to receive the Zoom link. The suggested program fee is $10, but there will be an option to register for the talk free of charge.
Sophia Winitsky, Ph.D. student at Montana State University
Discussing conservation issues in the Adobe Valley in Mono County with CalBG Director of Conservation Programs, Naomi Fraga
Tuesday, October 20 | 6 pm - 7 pm
Sophie Winitsky is a botanist from Los Angeles CA. Her interest in conservation stems from a love of biodiversity and California. For her M.S., completed at California Botanic Garden, she compiled a floristic inventory of Adobe Valley in Mono County, CA. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Montana State University working on the systematics, biogeography and conservation of the legume genus Marina. She has worked for the California Native Plant Society, the Jepson Herbarium and with the Inyo National Forest.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 17 for a discussion with Maria Jesus about her conservation work in the southern Inyo Mountains.