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The Quest To Understand (and Manage) Invasive Phragmites

The Quest To Understand (and Manage) Invasive Phragmites

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Online - Zoom

Speakers: Melissa McCormick and Dennis Whigham, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

Green Phragmites reeds with brownish-purple tops
Phragmites australis on SERC's Global Change Research Wetland (Photo: Chris Patrick/SERC)

Since Phragmites australis began taking over U.S. wetlands in the 1970s, we have learned a lot about the non-native strain of this reed. Both human activities and the underlying biology of Phragmites have set the stage for its explosive invasion. In our March evening webinar, SERC ecologists Melissa McCormick and Dennis Whigham will delve into the latest science, developed over more than a decade of Phragmites research at SERC. They will also highlight efforts by scientists and local citizens to link the ecology of Phragmites with efforts to manage it, and discuss public perceptions of this not-so-friendly European visitor.

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POSTPONED - A Return to 1774: The 21st Century Restoration of the James Brice House

POSTPONED - A Return to 1774: The 21st Century Restoration of the James Brice House

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Speaker: Michael Day, Historic Annapolis

Event Details

Close-up of stone wall with the words "The Renewal" carved into a new brown stoneJames Brice House (Credit: Pubdog, via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain)

Due to an unexpected change in circumstances, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Historic Annapolis, Inc., are postponing this lecture and will reschedule for a later time. We thank you for your interest, and look forward to presenting this lecture in the future.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the James Brice House, an iconic 5-part colonial mansion in Maryland dating back to 1774. In a special bonus lecture, walk through the house on a prerecorded virtual tour with Historic Annapolis preservationist Michael Day. Day will explore the daunting task of researching, investigating and painstakingly restoring the mansion to its original appearance in 1774.

Mostly shrouded in mystery for decades, the James Brice House Restoration Project will allow it to be open to the public like it never has before. Of course, no tour of the Brice House would be complete without some discussion of the spirits that still walk its halls and climb its staircases...or not.

Live Q&A with Michael Day will follow the virtual video tour.

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7:00PM - 8:00PM
 
Science To Go: Fun with Fungus

Science To Go: Fun with Fungus

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Event Location
Online Zoom and Kits are Free (while supplies last)

We will be conducting a few different hands-on activities that you can follow along at home!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

Learn about fungi with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)! Join us online to hear from Molecular Ecology Lab, take a tour of one of their field sites, and get a closer look at how fungus friends are helpers in our forests. We will be conducting a few different hands-on activities that you can follow along at home! All necessary materials for exploring the diversity of fungi will be provided at no cost. Pick up a kit at your nearest Anne Arundel County Public Library starting March 24 (while supplies last).

Not able to pick up a kit from a branch? Here is the list of household materials and protocols, so you can still follow along at home!

This event will be hosted through Zoom webinar. Please register to receive the login information.

Closed Captions and American Sign Language interpretation will be available for this event.

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