March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
Hiding in Plain Sight: Hidden Plant Diversity in the Victoria Area

with James Miskelly

The Victoria area is home to the highest diversity of vascular plants in BC, but this diversity isn’t always apparent in our natural areas.  A lot of native plants are hiding in plain sight, while others are in decline or have already disappeared.  What sorts of factors have resulted in such a high diversity of native plants, and what kinds of factors threaten this diversity?  Are there species missing from our local parks and if so, how can we know which ones? 
James Miskelly is a life-long naturalist who has worked in the ecology and conservation of Garry oak ecosystems for the last 20 years.  He works mainly on rare plants, restoration, and grigs.  

WHERE: UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-288 (NEW ROOM) in D-Wing

Cost: Members: FREE  (Membership $25/yr)

Non-Members: drop-in by donation

Students: FREE
Notes: $3.00 for parking at UVic

Along with a friend, you are welcome to bring
– Any and all questions about native plants or native plant gardening for our experienced group of native plant gardeners
– Loonies/toonies for treats and tea at the refreshment break
– Box to carry home lots of native plants & seeds available by raffle $1 for 1 ticket or $2 for 3 tickets
– Travel mug or coffee mug for refreshments
– Potted and labelled native plants or items of interest for the raffle
– Some cookies or other shareable treats for 3 free draw tickets!


7:00-7:30 Meeting, Question Jar and Announcements
7:30-7:45 Refreshment Break + Chatting
7:45-8:45 Presentation by Speaker (includes questions)
8:45-9:00 Plant Raffle
Note: If you would like to attend the full meeting please arrive for 7:00, if you would like to attend the presentation only please arrive during the refreshment between 7:30 and 7:45.

Upcoming Speakers

Thursday April 18, 2019: Shifting Baselines in the Salish Sea and the Role of Deer with Dr Tara Martin

For over a decade, we have been investigating the impact of trophic cascades and shifting baselines on island songbird and plant populations on islands off the coast of British Columbia within the Coastal Douglas Fir Zone, as a result of hyper-abundance of native and exotic deer following release from predation. This work is informing management within Parks Canada and in particular the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and hunting regulations within the region.
Tara is a Professor in Conservation Decision Science with the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. She is a pioneer in the field of Conservation Decision Science – combining predictive ecological models with decision science to inform what actions to take, where to take them and when to achieve our conservation and natural resource management goals. Tara leads a team of graduate students and research fellows seeking to understand, predict and ultimately inform decisions about the impact of global change on biodiversity and natural resources. Tara was recently awarded The Nature Conservancy Professor in Practice Award, Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award for her work in Climate change decision making and a Wilburforce Conservation Fellowship. Tara is a member of the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group and co-leads the Climate Adaptation Theme.

Who We Are

The Native Plant Study Group is dedicated to learning about the native plants of British Columbia as wild populations and in garden settings, while promoting their use and conservation. Our diverse membership ranges from biologists to hobby gardeners, from horticulturists to plant enthusiasts.
General meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from September to May (except December) and feature a speaker, draw for native plants and discussion.

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Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Native Plant Study Group respectfully acknowledges that we meet on the unceded territory of the WSANEC and Lekwungen Peoples. We are a garden group with a strong interest in gardening with native plants for their aesthetic, intrinsic, and conservation values. We gratefully recognize the longstanding stewards of these plants and ecosystems, as well as the cultural significance to them. We encourage a safe and respectful space for everyone to learn along with us in the process of decolonization.