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Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers

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Tuesday, June 18 , 2019  6:30 - 8:30 pm


Doug Ladd


What's So Special About Orchids?


Powder Valley Nature Center

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Wildflowers or Member's Choice

What’s So Special About Orchids? Find out when Douglas Ladd answers this question at the June MoNEP meeting. Wild orchids always generate excitement, yet most people don’t know the background story behind these unique wildflowers. We’ll explore the orchid world, and some amazing traits of these specialized plants, including some of the mean tricks they play on some animals. Doug will also take us on a tour of Missouri’s wild orchids.


Doug is Conservation Biologist for The Nature Conservancy in Missouri. He has been involved with fire management and fire ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research for more than 35 years. His work has had an emphasis on vegetation, floristics, ecological restoration, lichens, and fire ecology. A research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Conservation Research Institute, he also teaches graduate courses at Washington University.

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