Pollinators – Native Plant Society meeting March 5

The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at 7 p.m. this evening, March 5, in Lawrence Hall 309 on the Sul Ross Campus for a program on effective pollinators of rare plants in the Big Bend.

Dr. Cathryn Hoyt, former director of research for the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, offers insights into her work on the survival of rare plant species. Her research has shown that conserving habitat may not be enough for rare plants. Conservation organizations are beginning to realize that a lack of pollinators can be as devastating for rare plant populations as a lack of suitable habitat.

During the program, Hoyt will examine what makes a pollinator effective and share with participants the results of a project she has been conducting searching for effective pollinators of rare plants in the Trans Pecos region of Texas.

To reach Lawrence Hall, use campus entrance 2, off Hwy. 90 east. Parking and access to the building are behind the building. The program is free to Native Plant Society members; visitors are welcome and are asked to make a $5 per person donation. Membership information is available at the meeting.

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