Zahner Conservation Series
The Zahner Conservation Lectures span the month of August with unique insights into the wild things on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.
The annual Highlands tradition of Zahner Conservation Lectures continues this month!
These free lectures serve to educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers.
This month, the Highlands Biological Foundation will host four lectures focusing on a wide array of topics. They will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 P.M. between August 5 and August 26. Three of these lectures will be held at the Highlands Community Building while one (August 19) will be held at the Highlands Biological Station.
On August 5 at the Highlands Community Building: Nurturing Life in Your Backyard; Choices Within Our Control with Sonya Carpenter, co-owner of Canty Worley and Company. Learn about how native plants support native species of insects, birds and other wildlife and how practices in your own garden can lead to big changes.
On August 12, at the Highlands Community Building: Ant Invasions in the southern Appalachian Mountains with Dr. Robert Warren, Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo State. In this lecture, we will discuss how two non-native ant invaders succeed and how they impact native ants and plants in southern Appalachian forests.
On August 19, at the Highlands Biological Station: Salamander Ecology in the Salamander Capital of the World with Dr. John Maerz, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia. This presentation will cover the aspects of Appalachian Mountain ecology that create and sustain salamander diversity, the threats to their persistence, and what efforts are underway to conserve these remarkable animals.
On August 26, at the Highlands Community Building: Supremacy or Stewardship? An Exploration of Modern-Day Anthropocentrism with Owen Carson, Botanist at Equinox Environmental. This lecture will explore major anthropogenic changes made to our southeastern landscapes over the past century, the lasting ecological impacts those changes have created, and our recent attempts to mitigate, restore, and prevent further large-scale destruction of natural habitat.
For a full schedule of lectures and how to participate in each, please visit highlandsbiological.org or call the Highlands Biological Foundation at (828) 526-2221.