Rethinking Roadsides: Exploring Rights-of-Way as Habitat



Rethinking Roadsides: Exploring Rights-of-Way as Habitat
Haley Stratton, Environmental Scientist

Roadsides across the country add up to more than 17 million acres of area that could provide much needed habitat for birds, small mammals and pollinators. Simple changes in management of rights-of-way are can provide ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits.

Haley Stratton is an Environmental Scientist at Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU), specializing in transportation engineering, planning, and sciences. Her favorite part of the job is combining ecology with transportation services for innovative solutions to the negative effects of transportation projects.

Cafe Botanique
April 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall
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The Importance of Plant Identification in Mile High Wetland Conservation, Regulation and Protection

Boulder Creek floodplain: Emory’s sedge (Carex emoryii) wet meadow

The Importance of Plant Identification in Mile High Wetland Conservation, Regulation and Protection
Gwen Kittel, MS, Ecologist, NatureServe; Ryan Hammonds, MS, Environmental Scientist, HDR Engineering; Karin McShea, MS, Pinyon Environmental

Hear from experts how wetlands provide important habitat for wildlife and biodiversity in Colorado. Learn about the importance of these areas; how conservation, mitigation and restoration are employed; and how scientific illustration is used in correct plant identification.

Gwen Kittel, MS is a vegetation ecologist specializing in wetland and riparian ecosystems. For the past 25 years, she has worked throughout the western U.S. and western Canada as an ecologist for NatureServe, The Nature Conservancy and Colorado NaturalHeritage Program. Ryan Hammons, MS works for HDR, an engineering firm, and provides biological survey and permitting support for a wide range of projects that have potential to impact protected natural resources. Karin McShea, MS is a biologist with Pinyon Environmental, Inc. She has worked in Colorado for the past 15 years assessing a wide variety of biological resources, including wetlands and riparian habitats.

watercolor by Charlotte Ricker

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

Colorado's Lost Apples: Rediscovering our Forgotten Legacy


Colorado's Lost Apples: Rediscovering our Forgotten Legacy
Katharine Suding, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Join us to learn about the Boulder Apple Tree Project, which strives to map, identify and preserve the amazing biological and historical heritage of apples in Colorado. In the mid-1800s, there were thousands of unique varieties of apples in the United States, some of the most astounding diversity ever developed in a food crop. Later, the apple industry narrowed their promotion to only a handful of varieties and the rest were forgotten. These forgotten varieties became commercially extinct but not biologically extinct; some trees remained near old homesteads and in abandoned orchards. This story played out in many places such as Colorado, where remnants of old orchards dot the landscape. Here, these abandoned trees represent cultivars that have resisted disease and the environmental stress of a dry climate as well as the genetic diversity absent from commercial apple production.

Professor Katharine Suding is a plant community ecologist, professor of environmental biology and a fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at University of Colorado Boulder. She works at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. Her goal is to apply cutting-edge “usable” science to the challenges of restoration, species invasion and environmental change.

Wednesday, February 20
6:30 p.m.
Gates Hall
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Immersed in the Burren - Botanical Illustration Diploma Presentation

Immersed in the Burren: A Botanical Journey through the West of Ireland

Michael Campbell

Join Michael Campbell, Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration student, for a reflection on his numerous expeditions to a region located on the western edge of Ireland known as the Burren. Due to its unique geology, climate and diversity of flora and fauna, the Burren is an area of great ecological interest and contains over 70% of the country’s flowering plant species. Campbell will share his botanical adventures and his artwork, inspired by the region’s distinct landscape.

After 30 years as a graphic designer, art director and creative director, Campbell has embarked on a second career as a botanical artist. He is a graduate from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in 2010 and is currently studying within the Diploma Program. In addition to his personal studies, Campbell shares his love for the arts and botany through teaching at University of Colorado Boulder, Regis University and Front Range Community College.

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 Sunday, January 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
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Prayer Trees of Colorado



Prayer Trees of Colorado
John Wesley Anderson 

Join local author John Wesley Anderson for a discussion on prayer trees in Colorado. Anderson will introduce characteristics of these trees, which can be identified through unique shapes and growth patterns, large areas of missing bark, pruning or scars. These living artifacts provide rich ethnobotanical information.

Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He has written and published several non-fiction books with the Old Colorado City Historical Society.

Wednesday, January 16

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Gates Hall
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Heritage Grains

Heritage Grains
Dr. Nanna Meyer, University of Colorado

Join Dr. Nanna Meyer, Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Colorado, for a presentation about the role of ancient grains such as spelt, farro and amaranth in small-to-medium scale agriculture, nutrition and community. These healthy and sustainable grains offer broad artisan and culinary applications along with opportunities in research and education. Learn more about their uses and the challenges of restoring their role in today’s culture.

Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Colorado (UCCS) with a focus on nutrition, exercise, health, and sustainability. Meyer founded the Sport Nutrition Program in 2009 and helped to establish the profession of sport nutrition. As the urgency to address climate change increases, Nanna’s time is now also devoted to integrating local and regional food systems into her teaching, research and service, including the topic of grains. With Grain School at UCCS , her goal is to work on restoring a healthful and sustainable grain chain in the Rocky Mountain Region and opening the world of whole, heritage, and ancient grains to those interested in reinventing their plates, menus, breads, and malts.
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall
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Cafe Botanique, Wednesday April 4th, 6:30-8 p.m.


From Human Anatomy to Botany and “The New Sylva”
Dr. Sarah Simblet, Oxford, U.K.

Dr. Sarah Simblet is an artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explores the relationship between science, history and art. Simblet teaches anatomy at the University of Oxford and lectures at the National Gallery, London. She has published three major art reference books: Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book and Botany for the Artist. Simblet also co-authored The New Sylva, a contemporary version of John Evelyn’s influential 1664 forestry text Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesty’s Dominions. Simblet will discuss the importance of visual literacy in the past, present and future of academia and art.


April 4, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall