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March 7 General Meeting - B. W. Wells, Pioneer Ecologist with guest speaker Brian Bockhahn

Bertram Whittier (B.W.) Wells was an NCSU professor in the early twentieth century and was one of the first scientists to write and lecture about ecology.  Wells introduced North Carolinians to the extraordinary tapestry of "natural gardens" or wild plant communities, within the state's borders back in 1932.  He grew curious as to how plants are related to each other and the environment!  What we now know as the field of “ecology.”  Brian will tell us more about B.W. Wells and his influence on teaching others the importance of understanding and protecting wild places.

Brian Bockhahn has worked with the North Carolina state parks for over 20 years.  He is a lifelong nature lover whose projects include organizing eagle scouts to enhance nature trails along Falls Lake, tagging monarch butterflies during their migration, and coordinating over 150 Audubon Christmas Bird Counts!  Brian was instrumental in the revitalization of the B.W. Wells Association, which manages Rock Cliff Farm where Wells and his wife lived in their retirement years.

Luncheon Menu:  Classic Caesar, Pecan Crusted Boneless Pork Cutlet with Maple Demi Glaze, Baked Sweet Potato, Collard Greens, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

Ways & Means: White Elephant Silent Auction of items donated by members. Bring your no longer used treasures for others to purchase!