SFPS Guest, Monday OCT. 19, 2020 - 7:20PM - REGISTRATION REQUIRED (SFPS Members & Non Members Invited) Click here to register. - http://bit.ly/SFPS2020OCT "Defaunation in the Anthropocene" presented by Dr. Mauro Galetti, Director of the Gifford Arboretum (University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida) Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Current understanding of the effects of animal extinction and the cascading effects in terrestrial ecosystems has been historically based in relatively simple food webs. In contrast, the effects of human-induced trophic cascades in hyper-diverse complex ecosystems, such as tropical rainforests, are largely unknown.
Dr. Galetti has been studying seed dispersal by fish, lizards, birds, and mammals, including extinct megafauna. He sees the extinction of large vertebrates during the last 50,000 years as a continuous human-driven impact on the biodiversity on Earth. Dr. Galetti is fascinated by rainforests and has been working in the Atlantic forests of South America for many years.
About 90% of all tree species rely on animal- dispersal and as a result, Dr. Galetti is trying to understand how the loss of seed dispersers will affect plant recruitment and how this ultimately will affect climate and other ecosystem functions.
Defaunation, known as the local, global or functional extinction of animals, has become a major biodiversity threat. In this talk, Dr. Galetti will take the audience to the myriad of consequences of animal extinction in these 3 scales: local, global and functional. His main focus here is to introduce cascading consequences of losing animals for plant reproduction (seed dispersal) up to the ecosystem scale (carbon storage). Finally, Dr. Galetti will be presenting his new work on the effects of defaunation in the Caribbean Island ecosystems.
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South Florida Palm Society (SFPS) Miami Palm Sale @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's PLANT CLUB DAYBy MameyDisco
South Florida Palm Society
(SFPS), Miami, Florida
SEPTEMBER 19th, 2020 - 2 Ticketed Sessions - (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) & (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
SFPS Members have made some nice donations... at least 20+ genera will be available in limited quantities as this is a ticketed and time restricted / slotted event.
Various other local societies will be there as well such as The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI), Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS), Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society (TFEPS) and various local orchid societies from Miami & Coral Gables. Fairchild Garden will also be selling plants... first event of its kind in a while which is why I wanted to share.
We welcome anyone under 40 years of age to join for $1.00 membership fee, everyone else you're still welcome to join.
Event Page: https://fairchildgarden.org/eventon/plant-club-day/
Tickets are required (limited qty.) - https://store.fairchildgarden.org/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=9/19/2020
This will be a 3 day field trip. Members can feel free to attend any or all of the days. More information available here:
If you are not a member, but would like to become one - or if you were previously a member and would like to renew: http://cfpacs.com/org/membership-info/
If you are a CFPACS Member or former member, you should have received an email regarding the itinerary for the fall meeting. If you are not a past or present member, but are interested in joining and/or attending, please PM me at your earliest convenience. CFPACS was able to get a block of rooms reserved at a special group rate in the Miami area for our attendees. The details of how to lock in the group rate are included in the email sent earlier, but you will need to reserve a room by Monday, August 31st, 2020. The tentative itinerary is shared below:
Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Nursery and Plant Sale Visits (starting at Searle ~10am)
Some members are going down early Friday to check out some of the South Florida nurseries. These are some of the South Florida nurseries that members have suggested they wanted to visit.
Fall Searle Sale: 6640 SW 172nd Ave., Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
Richard Lyons’ Nursery: 20200 SW 134th Ave, Miami, FL 33177
Redlands Nursery: 18455 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33031
Action Theory Landscaping and Nursery: 22401 SW 130th Ave,Miami, FL 33170
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Montgomery Botanical Center: 11901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156
Attendees will be split in groups of 10 for tours of this wonderful 120-acre botanical garden. Please bring a brown bag lunch and either a chair or blanket to sit on while you are eating.
Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Private Garden Cookout: TBA, Hollywood, FL
Attendees enjoy a hamburgers and hot dogs style cookout on a property large enough to allow plenty of social distance per CDC guidelines. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on while you are eating. The garden contains plenty of mature palm specimens and a large pond, including several Tahina spectabilis. There will be a garden tour and a palm raffle at this event. Please bring long clothes and/or mosquito repellent.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens: 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156
Some members have expressed an interest in attending this wonderful 83-acre garden. To our knowledge, they are not accepting reciprocal passes at the moment and are offering two 3-hour tours per day (10am and 1pm). This can be done on your own if you wish as it is not formally scheduled.
IPS has posted it's pre & post tours. Unfortunately, the do not go to areas where you can see the Spiny Forest, Succulents, Baobabs. Of course, it is the palm society so they are focused on palms.
Is there anyone out there that would like to join us on Madagascar tour that would take us to see the iconic plants that I listed above ? A tour company will customize. and provide a quote So let me know if you are interested, and preference for either before or after the biennial in Reunion.