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Evening Lecture Series
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Learn about Smithsonian science happening in your backyard, every third Tuesday from now through November! Our 2016 evening lectures highlight efforts to conserve ecosystems here in the Chesapeake and around the world. They are free and open to the public. Lectures run from 7-8 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

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Upcoming Evening Lectures:

August 16, 2016 7:00PM
Managing Diverse Ecosystems in the Modern World: A Saga of Ecosystem Restoration at Soldiers Delight
Paula Becker
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Contrary to what some popular bumper stickers might say, trees are not always the answer. Sometimes the answer is grassland, prairie, savanna, or serpentine barren. Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area is a serpentine barren in Owings Mills, Baltimore County. This rare ecosystem is home to many nationally and globally rare plant and animal species. Even the bedrock and soil are unusual. We will explore the continuing effort by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to restore this site to a fully functioning grassland, by mimicking natural processes and relying on the skills of volunteers. We will also delve into the history of land use at the site and its conservation, driven almost exclusively by private citizens.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue, 443-482-2325,

September 20, 2016 7:00PM
Success At Scale: Lessons From a 30-Plus Year Effort to Restore Chesapeake Bay
Mark Bryer
The Nature Conservancy
What does it take to achieve conservation “at scale”? Last September many partners, including The Nature Conservancy, gathered to celebrate a remarkable achievement: the completion of the largest oyster reef restoration on the planet. Less than a decade earlier, managers considered forgoing restoration and introducing a non-native oyster to the Chesapeake in an attempt to recover historically low populations. What changed, and how did it happen? Join us to hear Mark Bryer, Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Chesapeake Bay Program, describe the twists and turns of this saga, what we learned from it, and how we can apply those lessons to meet other challenges—pollution, loss of critical habitats, and rising seas—facing the Chesapeake and other waterbodies around the world.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue, 443-482-2325,