Dr. Wagner, one of the world’s foremost experts on Lepidoptera, will be talking about The Ecological Meltdown of American Chestnut: A Glimpse at the Little Ones that Got Left Behind and What Still Might Be. Dr. Wagner is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. His lecture is just one of the reasons to attend our annual meeting.
Saturday April 18th we’ll be hosting the annual meeting of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation at CT Forest and Parks Association Goodwin Center in, Rockfall, CT. We have an interesting presenter and a fantastic venue – and hope you’ll mark you calendar and join us. If you’re a member of the Chapter you should have received a postcard announcing the meeting. Should you decide to join, Please RSVP by calling Kendra Gurney at 802.999.8706 or sending her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic: The Ecological Meltdown of American Chestnut: A Glimpse at the Little Ones that Got Left Behind and What Still Might Be.
Dr. David Wagner is one of the worlds foremost experts on Lepidoptera. In a conversation several years ago, David made the following attention grabbing comment …
“American chestnut extinction correlates to the greatest invertebrate extinctions on earth in the modern era. That there are only 61 invertebrate extinctions in modern era … 41 in North America and of those, 5 are directly related to loss of chestnut.”
Dr. David Wagner
We’re looking forward to an exciting talk!
About Our Speaker: Dr. David Wagner is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-director of the Center for Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Connecticut.
His research interests are in the biosystematic of moths and invertebrate conservation. He has published four books on caterpillars of eastern North America; his 2005 guide with Princeton University Press, Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History, is in its seventh printing. He published two new books in 2011: one on Rare, Declining, and Poorly Known Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) of Forests and Woodlands in the Eastern United States and a caterpillar identification guide to the Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America. Wagner has a deep interest in matters relating to insect conservation. He chairs the Connecticut’s Advisory Panel for rare and endangered insects and other invertebrates and is frequently called upon by governmental agencies and NGOs for his advice on the Northeast’s imperiled insect biota.
The presentations will be followed by operational meetings attended by those of you with an interest or business in attending. You are welcome to attend just those sections of the meeting that interest you as outlined in the agenda below.
Agenda – Saturday April 18th
9:30am Opening Reception
10:00am Introduction and Speakers
12:00pm CT-TACF Annual Meeting followed by Lunch
1:00pm CT-TACF Board Meeting – Open to All!
2:30pm Expected close of Chapter Business
The program is free to both members and non-members, as is lunch for those who advance register. To advance register e-mail to indicate your interest in attending. Details on logistics, parking and presentation venues, will be provided well in advance of the meeting.
We thank CT Forest and Parks for their partnership in planning this meeting and providing the venue for the presentations.