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Berkshire Natural History Conference––Pollen research and wildlife discussions––Nov 5
Pollen from a bunchberry dogwood can fly faster than a rocket lifting off. Williams College biology professor Joan Edwards has measured it. She has studied snakes and reptiles for decades, and the life in these hills regularly surprises her.
Edwards will share her pollen research, and local naturalists will talk about wildlife at the second annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 5, at MCLA.
The Berkshires has more diversity than most of the state, says Thomas Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College, and as much as Cape Cod and the islands with its elevation as well as its deposits of limestone and marble which affect the composition of regional earth and water. Plants and animals rarely found anywhere else include bog turtles, sandhill cranes, timber rattlers, and the Early Hairstreak butterfly.
The gathering will begin with a tribute to David St. James, a wildlife biologist with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game and an avid botanist and birder, and it will look back to one of Williams College’s earliest alumni, Amos Eaton, who revolutionized the teaching of science in the early 1800s and, also revolutionary, encouraged women to attend his lectures.
For more info 413-236-2127.