Native Orchids of Winnebago County
Ed Cope, Restoration Ecologist for the Natural Land Institute, will give an overview of our twenty local native orchids. Many of these species are rare and elusive, and Ed’s photos may be the best (if not only) way to behold them . This program will provide a fascinating look at the orchids that grow in our local woods and prairies. All twenty of our native species will be discussed in detail, with information provided on how and where they grow. Additionally, techniques for propagating your own orchids will be briefly covered.
Ed has extensive education and experience in restoring and managing northern Illinois native vegetation and ecosystems. He has volunteered for and been employed by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, and currently, the Natural Land Institute. As a seasonal natural resource employee at FPWC, Cope produced photo field guides to the Orchids of Winnebago County and the Ferns of Winnebago County.
Cope received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and habitat management and land rehabilitation in May 2013 from Montana State University. After graduation, he spent a year in Alaska working for a dog-sled team. Cope says he came back to Winnebago County because his calling is in the Midwest. “There’s a lot of good work to be done here. I’ve spent time (out west), but their point of view (on the environment) is so different. There’s still so much land left. There’s not so much here.”
We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC). Look for the signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse merchandise, check out the lending library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.
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