Time: November 6, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Street: 1801 Mountain Road NW
Website or Map: http://www.npsnm.org
Event Type: community, meeting/free, informational, talk
Organized By: Melissa Ewer/Native Plant Society of NM
Latest Activity: Nov 2
The public is invited to a program focused on mistletoes in New Mexico, presented by Dave Conklin, retired Forest Service plant pathologist.
Dave will discuss the biology, ecology, and distribution of several mistletoes found in New Mexico. As parasitic flowering plants, mistletoes can be quite damaging to their host trees; conversely, mistletoes have a significant role in forest ecology and provide food and/or habitat for various insects, birds, and mammals.
Dave Conklin retired from the USDA Forest Service in September 2011. From 1990 to 2011, he worked as a plant pathologist for the Southwestern Regional Office in Albuquerque, providing technical assistance on the five National Forests and Tribal lands in New Mexico. Prior to that, he worked various seasonal forestry jobs and had a stint as a high school chemistry teacher. He has degrees in botany and forestry from Duke University. Dave enjoys hiking, botanizing, birding, and gardening, and has been a Native Plant Society member since the mid-1990s.
A short chapter meeting precedes the talk. Native plant books will be on display and available for purchase. This free public program is sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico.