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Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sphingidae of Massachusetts

The New England Entomological Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 11 at 11 am at The Greater Worcester Land Trust, 4 Ash Street in Worcester. The building is a 3 story brick school building at the corner of Ash and Summit.  Featured speaker Tea Kesting-Handly will present Sphingidae of Massachusetts at noon, following the general meeting.  The public is welcome. If you think you are going to attend, please fill out this short form: For more information email

Friday, March 3, 6:45 pm – Creating and Leveraging a Virtual Herbarium of New England for Biodiversity Science

The New England Botanical Club will hold its March meeting on Friday, March 3, beginning at 6:45 in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Charles Davis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Vascular Plants, Harvard University.  His talk is entitled Creating and Leveraging a Virtual Herbarium of New England for Biodiversity Science.  The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information visit Picture courtesy of Harvard Gazette.

Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 am – How the Glaciers Affected New England’s Plants

Today, Massachusetts is a network of houses, businesses, farms, forests, and wetlands—but how did it get to be that way? What did it look like when the Laurentide Glaciers melted 12,000 years ago? How did a state that was only 25 percent forest by 1850 come to be 64 percent forested today? As part of our ongoing series The Prehistoric Garden, The Garden Club of the Back Bay welcomes Meg Muckenhoupt to our March meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue. This broad overview traces how and why the land has changed and what people thought about it—from Wampanoag King Philip to Frederick Law Olmsted to Governor Charlie Baker.

Our speaker Meg Muckenhoupt is an environmental and travel writer. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, as well as WGBH’s Forum site. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine, and the Time Out Boston guide; her book Boston Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park Press, 2010) is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller. She currently serves as Executive Director of Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign).

Meg was awarded a certificate in Field Botany by the New England Wild Flower Society and earned degrees from Harvard and Brown University. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Garden Club members will receive notice of the meeting. If you are not a member but are interested in attending, please email Image from

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm – 38th Annual UMass Community Tree Conference

We are a tree club, and urban tree activists will be pleased to know about the 38th Annual UMass Community Tree Conference – Utilities, Communities, and Urban Trees: Partnerships in Practice, especially those of us who have been active in the fight to prevent methane leaks from destroying our trees and our environment. One of the featured speakers will be Calvin Layton (pictured) of Eversource speaking on Utilities & Communities in Partnership: Enhancing Public Safety & Protecting Trees from the Community Perspective. This one-day conference, to be held Tuesday, March 7 from 8 – 3:30 at Stockbridge Hall at UMass Amherst, is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens/municipal tree care specialists, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members.

The theme of this year’s conference will pertain to utilities and community trees. Topics will include: Design Solutions for Tree and Overhead Utility Conflicts, Utility Storm Resiliency, Communities and Utilities in Partnership for Urban Trees, and Updates from the UMass Diagnostic Lab.

Sponsored by UMass Extension in cooperation with the UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute. Registration is $90 for a single participant, and $75 for each additional registration from the same organization. For complete agenda visit

Tuesday, February 28, 9:30 am – Hydrangea Highlights

The Needham Garden Club presents Hydrangea Highlights with Gail Anderson on Tuesday, February 28 beginning at 9:30 am at the Needham Congregational Church, 1180 Great Plain Avenue in Needham.  The meeting is free, but donations are always welcome.

Friday, February 3, 6:45 pm – Invasive Plant Risks and Advantages with Climate and Land Use Change

The New England Botanical Club will hold its February meeting on February 3 with Dr. Jenica Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire, Durham, discussing Invasive Plant Risks and Advantages with Climate and Land Use Chang.  Meeting will begin at 6:45 at Harvard University, in Haller Lecture Hall (Room 102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138  (door to right of Harvard Museum of Natural History entrance).  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit

Sunday, January 29, 4:00 pm – Annual Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Members Reception

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will host its annual Members Reception on Sunday, January 29 at 4:00 pm at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.  Delicious hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar will be available.  For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 pm – Unraveling the Evolutionary History of Caddisflies

Caddisflies are the 7th most diverse insect order in terms of species and the most diverse of the strictly aquatic insect orders. They are well-known amongst amateur and professional entomologists alike for their remarkable tube case and fixed retreat making behavior. Despite intense study over decades, the relationships among morphologically and behaviorally distinct suborders remains contentious. In this presentation, I will discuss the natural history of caddisflies in light of new results from large phylogenetic analyses.

The talk at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology by Paul Frandsen of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 is free and open to the public. The meeting is readily accessible via public transportation. Parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage with advance arrangement, as described here, or (usually but not always) at spaces on nearby streets. Everyone is also welcome to join us for dinner before the talk (beginning at 5:45 PM) at the Changsho, 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

CEC meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from October through May. The evening schedule typically includes an informal dinner (5:45 to 7:15 PM) followed by our formal meeting (7:30 – 9:00 PM). The latter begins with club business and is followed by a 50 minute entomology related presentation. Membership is open to amateur and professional entomologists.  Image from

Tuesday, January 24, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Winter Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel

The Garden Club of the Back Bay invites you to its annual Winter Tea at The Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, 1102 Boylston Street, on Tuesday, January 24 from 3 – 5.  Enjoy delicious scones, chocolates and a variety of teas along with warm and friendly conversations on a chilly day.  Garden Club of the Back Bay member price $55, nonmembers $65.  You may reserve online at or mail a check payable to The Garden Club of the Back Bay to Mary Ryan, 6 Arlington Street, #2M, Boston, MA 02116, to arrive no later than January 17.  Names will be held at the door.

Friday, January 20, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Forum

The 2017 Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Forum, sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, Inc., will take place Friday, January 20,  from 8 – 4 at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable. Join your fellow eco-region conservation leaders for a day of planning and action!

Find new opportunities in the change we are about to experience. Expand collaborative efforts, share the tools we have created, and create a shared vision for the future. Strengthen our web of vital, resilient local communities in Southeastern Massachusetts. Over 200 federal, state and municipal agencies, tribes, land trusts and conservation organizations already working within the Southeastern Atlantic Pine Barrens eco-region conserving, restoring and protecting our shared natural resources, marine ecosystems and wildlife.

Focusing our efforts, large and small, on the 524,000 acres, 48 Natural Communities, and 182 state and federally listed rare plants and animals in our backyards will serve to remind us of the urgency of both acting and organizing locally. Registration is free (an optional lunch is available for $10), but must be done in advance at the NAFSE website.