Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Upcoming Events in March

The February meeting of the Salem County Nature Club was cancelled due to snow. I don’t know about you but I am sure sick of snow. I received an email that sums up my feelings. It said “Whoever is praying for snow – STOP! Oh well, spring can’t be far away.

The March meeting of the Salem County Nature Club will be held Tuesday March 9th at 7:00pm. Renee Brecht will be putting on a presentation entitled, “Rare and Unusual Wildflowers of South Jersey”. For those of you who don’t know Renee, she is an Associate Director of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River. She co-ordinates volunteer and special events for CU as well as trains Swamp Pink Survey Volunteers for US Fish and Wildlife.

While Renee has expertise in a wide range of natural topics, her special interests are botany and herpetology. Renee will be sharing her extensive knowledge of unusual local plants with us. Renee has created a calendar of blooming plants. This will serve as a guide to the flowers that we are likely to encounter on our walks each month. The Swamp Pink is one of the plants covered in Renee’s presentation. Swamp Pinks are a Federally Endangered plant found here in South Jersey but in few other places in the world. Renee’s photos are beautiful and her enthusiasm for wildflowers is contagious. Mark March 9th on your calendar as this is a “don’t miss it” presentation.

As if Renee’s presentation isn’t enough excitement for March, there is more. David Lord, NJ Audubon Volunteer and Naturalist on the Osprey will be leading a bird walk on March 27th. This walk will be held at Supawna Meadows and will start promptly at 7:00 am. We are starting early because that is when the birds are singing. David will share his expertise in bird identification through their song. This walk will be worth the early start. Email Marilyn at Salemnatureclub@aol.com if you are going to attend. We will cancel if there are fewer than 10 people signed up.
Marilyn Patterson