Month
Date
Upcoming Event
August
8/27/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Carolina Xeriscapes - Cultivating Future Landscapes
Justin Robinson and Tara Mei Smith of Extra Terrestrial Projects will discuss cultivating future landscapes, using Piedmont prairies as an example. What are future landscapes? Tune in to find out.
October
10/8/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Losing Venus - The perils of the Carolina’s most charismatic plant
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is the most widely recognized carnivorous plant, and endemic to only 100 km landward radius around Wilmington, North Carolina. Although a few large populations occur on protected lands, the number of individuals is declining, entire populations are being lost, a seemingly secure species is now vulnerable to local extinction and loss of wild genetic variation, and a proposal for federal endangered species listing is under consideration. Johnny Randall will share about NCBG efforts to learn more about and conserve the Venus flytrap through DNA sequencing and seed collection and storage.
10/22/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Rare Wildflowers of North Carolina
Join us for a virtual tour across North Carolina to see some of our most rare, beautiful and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. We will explore from the mountains to the coast and learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success.
December
12/10/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Survival by Degrees - 389 Bird Species on the Brink
National Audubon Society scientists crunched the latest data on climate change and the state of birds, and the results paint a picture that is both troubling and hopeful. The report — released in October — shows that two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction because of rapid changes to our climate. The good news is that Audubon’s science also shows that if we take action now we can help improve the chances for the vast majority of species at risk. Join us to learn what Audubon’s latest research tells us about the future of North Carolina’s most beloved birds, from songbirds to shorebirds, and how our fate is linked to birds when it comes to climate change.