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Welcome to the Botanical News page where you will find news about recent botanical books, jobs, local and national legislation, rare plant action, research, conferences, etc. 

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Posted 10/23/2014 (rev): Call for Abstracts -- deadline extended to December 19, 2014.
The High Altitude Revegetation Workshop and Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration are calling for abstract submissions for the March 10-12, 2015 joint conference to be held in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Deadline for submission has been extended to December 19, 2014. Please submit using this form.

With the broad theme of “High Altitude Restoration Science & Practice,” the committee is seeking high quality oral presentations and posters by practitioners, scientists, land managers, students and policymakers to enhance our understanding of restoration and revegetation in diverse ecosystems using a variety of methods.

For further information visit: Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration

Have you wanted to volunteer your time helping to document and protect some of Colorado's rarest plants?  Have you wanted to learn more about how botanical professionals are tracking rare plants in Colorado? If so, please join us for the full-day course 'In the Field - Plant Conservation and Monitoring' on Tuesday May 13 in Gunnison.  The course is taught through Denver Botanic Gardens in collaboration with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the Colorado Natural Areas Program.  Upon completion of the course, you may sign up to become a volunteer steward in one of our programs.
Details about the course may be found here: .  For additional information or inquires please contact instructor Michelle DePrenger-Levin at

Adopt-a-Rare Plant Program - Training

  • Thursday, March 24, 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, March 26, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Saturday, April 2, 9 am - 12 pm

To register please visit Adopt-a-Rare Plant Program - Training

June 20-24, 2010:  "Third International Society for Seed Science; Meeting on Seeds and the Environment"
Salt Lake City, Utah

Click for details.

June 27-July 2, 2010:  "Society of Wetland Scientists; Peaks to Playas"

Salt Lake City, Utah

Click for details.

July 3-7, 2010:  "Society for Conservation Biology; Conservation for a Changing Planet"

Edmonton, Canada

Click for details.

June 4-7:  "Penstemon Society Annual Meeting"

Craig, Colorado

Click for details.

August 1-6, 2010:  "Ecological Society of America; Global Warming: The Legacy of our Past, The Challenge for our Future"

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Click for details.

August 1-5, 2010:  "North American Prairie Conference; Restoring a National Treasure"

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Click for details.

Colorado Rare Plants Conservation Initiative News

The goal of the Rare Plant Conservation Initiative is to conserve Colorado's most imperiled native plants and their habitats through collaborative partnerships for the preservation of our natural heritage and the benefit of future generations.

Watch this space for news of the Rare Plants Initiative.

Click for the 2009 "Executive Summary of the Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Strategy".

Click for the "Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Strategy Report" (4 meg).

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition

Sclerocactus mesae-verdae watercolor by Ann FlemingPhysaria bellii watercolor by Constance SayasForty contemporary illustrations of Colorado rare plants will be exhibited during 2009 and 2010 in "Rare: Imperiled Plants of Colorado".  The exhibit is designed to promote awareness and conservation of these special plants.

• Denver Botanic Gardens March 7 to May 17, 2009

• Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado May 23 – September 30, 2009

• Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado October 10, 2009 – May 31, 2010

• Business of Art Center Manitou Springs, Colorado July 1 – September, 2010

Synthesis of the North American Flora 

John Kartesz of the Biota of North America Program (BONAP)has indicated that the final version of the Synthesis on a DVD will include county records for all plants, over 4,000,000 county records, over 150,000 images, family keys, and much more. The DVD will be for sale in 2010.

BONAP of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was founded in 1969 by Dr. Kartesz. The program's goal is to develop a unified digital system for assessing the North American biota. The BONAP database now includes data for all vascular plants and vertebrate species (native, naturalized, and adventive) of North America, north of Mexico.

Books of Jack and Martha Carter

Jack and Martha Carter are selling their personal books with the proceeds going to the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.  Click for details.

Four Corners Flora

After eleven years of field work, Ken Heil and Steve O'Kane have turned over The Four Corners Flora to the final editors.  The book will be available in 2010.

For details about the project see Bolack San Juan Basin Flora Project and Project Details.

Become a Colorado Native Plant Master

Colorado Native Plant Email Discussion Group

Do you have questions about Colorado native plants?  Would you like to share information about Colorado native plants?  Would you like assistance in identifying plants you find in Colorado? Join the Colorado botanical discussion group for amateurs and professionals. Send in photographs of your mystery plants for identification, discuss key issues about conserving Colorado's native plants, discuss growing native plants in your garden, learn about field trips, etc.  Enter your email address below and click here for the group's web page.

Sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, the field-based "Native Plant Master" courses are held in various counties across Colorado. Courses focus on plant identification, ecology, ethnobotany, landscaping, and human uses.

Registration is limited. There is a fee for each course and each course consists of three, four-hour sessions. The cost is reduced for participants who agree to teach others about Colorado plants. Participants who pass three courses and satisfy the teaching requirement become certified Native Plant Masters.

Click for more information or call the following Colorado State University Extension offices:

  • Boulder - (303) 678-6238
  • Custer - (719) 783-2514
  • Eagle and Garfield - (970) 328-8630
  • El Paso - (719) 636-8920
  • Jefferson and Gilpin - (303) 271-6620
  • Larimer - (970) 498-6000 
  • Logan, Morgan, Kit Carson, Yuma, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington - (970) 522-3200
  • Mesa, Delta, Ouray, E. Montrose - (970) 244-1841
  • Montezuma, Dolores, La Plata - (970) 565-3123
  • Pueblo - (719) 583-6579
  • San Miguel, W. Montrose - (970) 327-4393
Colorado Native Plant Email Discussion Group

Do you have questions about Colorado native plants?  Would you like to share information about Colorado native plants?  Would you like assistance in identifying plants you find in Colorado? Join the Colorado botanical discussion group for amateurs and professionals. Send in photographs of your mystery plants for identification, discuss key issues about conserving Colorado's native plants, discuss growing native plants in your garden, learn about field trips, etc.  Enter your email address below and click here for the group's web page.

Bill Weber

Happy 91st Birthday
Dr. William Weber

In 2008 the Colorado Native Plant Society newsletter, Aquilegia, published a series of interviews with Bill conducted by Al Schneider.  Click to read the interviews on the newsletter page.  (Scroll down the newsletter page to access each 2008 issue with a Bill Weber interview.)


Posted April 7, 2010:


Posted April 7, 2010:

From the Annals of Botany:

"News in Botany: Nigel Chaffey presents a round-up of plant-based items from the world's media".  Click for details.

"Structural colour and iridescence in plants: the poorly studied relations of pigment colour".  Click for details.

Posted April 7, 2010:

Dr. Jyotsna Sharma is soliciting an outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant for Fall 2010 to investigate plant molecular ecology, field ecology, and/or mycorrhizal molecular ecology. The research program focuses on molecular and field ecology of natural populations of orchids and their fungal associates.  Contact her for further information: 806.742.2637 (office); 806.742.1697 (labs).

Posted April 6, 2010:

Per Axel Rydberg's 1906 Flora of Colorado is available on line.  Click to read.

Posted April 6, 2010:

Colorado State University and the United States Geological Survey are looking for field research technicians for summer 2010 to assist with field research on effects of climate change on the timing of seed dispersal in native and invasive riparian trees. Technicians will measure tree seed release rates weekly on individuals of selected tree species at 15 riparian sites in northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

Employment dates are from May 17, 2010 – August 30, 2010 and the pay rate is $9.25/hour.

Closing date for applications is April 15, 2010.

For more information please contact Cynthia Pritekel at

Posted April 5, 2010:

Plan to attend the Earth Day Program at Mesa County Central Library, 5th and Grand Ave, Grand Junction, April 22, 6 p.m.

Stacey Stecher of Chelsea Nursery will talk about "Using Native Plants in the Western Colorado Garden".

Posted March 26, 2010:

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Summer Botany/Ecology Field Technicians.  For further information contact Jennifer Jones: Email:        Phone: (970) 376-8808

Posted March 8, 2010:

Click to visit the revitalized Kansas Native Plant Society web site.

Posted March 4, 2010:

The Corvallis, Oregon Institute for Applied Ecology’s Habitat Restoration Program is looking for a director with strong business and grant writing skills and a background in ecology, restoration or wildlife to lead and grow the program.  Click for details.

Posted March 3, 2010:

Summer Jobs on the Uncompahgre Plateau: What’s up with Aspen?  The Uncompahgre Plateau Project is working to determine the past and current condition of aspen across the Uncompahgre Plateau, with a particular focus on Aspen regeneration and the impacts of browsing by livestock and elk.

At least two positions are available: A crew leader will have overall responsibility for the field work and data management, with employment possible from sometime in May through August (or extendible to October). Required skills include forest fieldwork experience (preferable with supervisory responsibilities), ability to navigate with GPS, strong physical condition for backcountry hiking off trail, and a great attitude that would work well with this collaborative project.

An assistant with similar skills (but perhaps less experience) will be hired from late May/early June through August.

The work will be located in Montrose, Colorado and (mostly) on the Plateau; housing will likely be available.

Please contact Dan Binkley if you are interested in joining this very interesting, fun, and rewarding field project. Send a cover letter and resume to  Call (970 218 3216) if you have questions.

Posted March 3, 2010:

From the latest Journal of Experimental Biology: "Rate of Leaf Production and Its Relationship With Flowering Initiation".  Click for the article.

Posted March 3, 2010:

Each year the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program ( places 75-100 biologists and graduates from universities across the country in five-month paid CLM internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and other federal agencies. Internships are primarily located in one of thirteen western states, including Alaska. These internships involve work in botany or wildlife-related fields, or combinations that may include monitoring or assessing threatened and endangered species and habitats.

This year the Northern Arizona University’s Landsward Institute will serve as the mentor for two interns who will work with the Northern Arizona Native Seed Alliance and many other interns will be hired for similar positions around the country. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled (typically April 1st).

To apply for internships go to

Posted February 25, 2010:

The Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University has published the Field Guide to Forest and Mountain Plants of Northern Arizona, a 650-page work designed for professional and amateur botanists. The book is now available for $30 at the NAU Bookstore (928/523-4041) or from the bookstore’s online site.

Posted February 25, 2010:

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers has two positions open for seasonal Restoration Specialists (RS). The RS engage volunteers in a variety of restoration projects in the northern Colorado Front Range, assist with natural resource monitoring, coordinate and implement community outreach and marketing activities, provide logistical support for training and events, and provide administrative support to other professional staff and volunteers in the Fort Collins office.  For more information email John.

Posted February 24, 2010:

The Mountain Studies Institute of Durango and Silverton, Colorado,has several job openings.  The employees will lead and assist with MSI projects, including field research and education program. Research may include: (1) effects of fire on mercury in soils, (2) experimental tests of biochar soil amendments for re-vegetation, carbon storage, and metal binding; (3) fen wetland restoration; (4) American Pika monitoring, and (4) high-elevation lake sampling.  Click for details.

Posted February 24, 2010:

The Colorado Natural Areas Program is hiring for a short-term, temporary position of 40 hours per week for a maximum of 6 months. Applicants with good botanical skills are highly sought after. This position will be focused on assisting the Natural Areas Coordinator with statewide monitoring of the best natural features in Colorado.  The new employee will assist with the preparation, implementation, and necessary wrap-up of field visits to state Natural Areas.   Click for details.

Posted February 24, 2010:

From the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

"Evidence for a Recent Increase in Forest Growth".  Click for the article.

Posted February 23, 2010:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Western Colorado Ecological Services Field Office in Grand Junction, Colorado will be hiring a term seasonal Biological Technician for the 2010 field season (roughly April through October). This position will be a GS-404-05 position with a starting salary of at least $15 per hour. Term positions may be extended up to four years and include benefits such as health insurance.

Click for details.

Posted February 17, 2010:

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests/Pawnee National Grassland will soon be filling Botany Biological Science Technician summer seasonal jobs, GS-0404 grades 4, 5, 6 and 7, located at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Fort Collins, Colorado. The vacancy announcements for these positions are posted on the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities at under Open Continuous Recruitment vacancy announcement numbers TEMP-OCR-404-4-PLANT, 5-PLANT, 7-PLANT, or 6-PLANTS.

For further information contact Steve Popovich, Forest Botanist, at (970) 295-6641.

Posted February 11, 2010:

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program will begin work in March of 2010 on a Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants.   The Field Guide will contain botanical descriptions of over 500 wetland plants as well as information on priority wildlife species and other wetland-dependent animals, and rare and/or sensitive plants.  If you have wetland plant photographs you would like to contribute or would like further information, call Denise Culver at (970) 491-2998.

Posted February 11, 2010:

Peter Raven is stepping down as the President of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  He will be replaced later this year by Wyse Jackson, presently the Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.  Click for details.

Posted February 9, 2010:

In the latest issue of The Annals of Botany read about the mechanisms by which plants produce color.  Click for details.

Posted February 3, 2010:

The COLORADO NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM is seeking a Research Associate II/Lead Ecologist/Botanist to conduct inventories of high-quality upland and wetland plant communities, as well as rare plants within a study area. Click for details.

Posted January 31, 2010:

Position available at the Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley:  Involves designing, conducting, promoting, and supporting the public educational programs of The Jepson Herbarium. Researches and assesses educational needs and interests for targeted public segments, and develops programs, materials, technology, and learning approaches accordingly.

Click for details.

Posted January 30, 2010:

The Denver Botanic Gardens has a position open to assist research staff in the rare plant research program. This includes all field and lab work conducted by the department. Field work includes projects such as demographic monitoring, population genetic and taxonomic sampling, seed collection, and inventories. Lab work consists of conducting population genetic and taxonomic investigations.

For more information, contact Gail Martinez Recruiter/Trainer, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street Denver, CO 80206. 720-865-3531 Email

Posted January 11, 2010:

California cities have adopted landscaping rules in an effort to conserve water.  Click for details.

Posted January 7, 2010:

The most recent issue of Ecology and Society contains an article, "The Past and Future of Colorado’s Forests: Connecting People and Ecology".  Click for details.

Posted January 6, 2010:

Research from the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "Sustaining multiple ecosystem functions in grassland communities requires higher biodiversity".  Click for details.

Posted January 5, 2010:

Michael Moore, Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, is currently in the beginning stages of a large research project to understand the biogeography and evolutionary history of gypsophilic plants across the Desert Southwest. These plants grow only on gypsum deposits or gypseous soils, which are scattered in an island-like fashion from north-central Mexico to Nevada and Utah, with the highest concentration of deposits in the Chihuahuan Desert region.

The goal is, according to Michael, "to collect multiple individuals from numerous populations throughout the geographic ranges of several gypsophilic species. We are then generating and analyzing DNA sequence data for these collections in order to understand the phylogeography, or evolutionary biogeography, of these groups."

Michael has made one collecting trip to the Colorado Plateau, plans more, and would appreciate assistance with obtaining locality information and leaf material for any plants listed in the following link: Click for details.

Posted December 30, 2009:

Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads.  Click for details.

Posted December 30, 2009:

Climate change and drought are transforming Navajo lands to a dust bowl.  Click for details.

Posted December 30, 2009:

A number of biologists are challenging the long-held orthodoxy that alien species are inherently bad. In their contrarian view, many introduced species have proven valuable and useful and have increased the diversity and resiliency of native ecosystems.

Click for details.

Posted December 30, 2009:

Cheatgrass has spread so widely and reduced the sagebrush steppe (plain) so much that it has already converted the Great Basin from an absorber into a producer of carbon dioxide.  Cheatgrass is “invasive, it crowds out the plants, it has limited wildlife value … it has no predators, it comes in early—you know, it’s growing right now [in autumn]—it steals all the water and prevents other more suitable plants from growing … then it dies off and turns into a great fire hazard,” said University of Nevada scientist Glenn Miller. 

Nevada has seen massive expansion of Cheatgrass habitat, but it, and all other states, will now get assistance in combating Cheatgrass:  The United States Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, issued an order coordinating Interior Department efforts on climate change and forming a Climate Change Response Council to bring global warming concerns into policy making. 

Click for Salazar's order and more information on invasive plants.

Posted December 23, 2009:

From the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

Case studies that reveal the impact that an emphasis on numbers can have on important biological questions.

Imprint of denitrifying bacteria on the global terrestrial biosphere.

Plant extinctions and introductions lead to phylogenetic and taxonomic homogenization of the European flora.

Posted December 22, 2009:

Boulder County is accepting grant proposals for 2010 research on county open space lands.  Click for details.

Posted December 22, 2009:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is considering the development of a new policy on public access to scientific literature resulting from federally funded research. A Federal Register notice published on 9 December 2009, states OSTP’s intent to create a policy that increases access for the scientific community and the general public to scientific literature that results from research funded by federal science and technology agencies. Although no specific policy proposal has been released, OSTP is considering the model that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has implemented: all peer-reviewed manuscripts that result from research funded by NIH must be provided free of charge in an electronic database.

Comments on expanding public access to peer reviewed publications arising from federal research are being accepted through 7 January 2010.  Click for more information.

Posted December 16, 2009:

Following is the 2010 schedule for the Denver Botanic Gardens science lecture series, ‘Café Botanique’:

January 14: Rocaterrania, a documentary film by Brett Ingram about the secret world of Renaldo Kuhler, scientific illustrator for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

January 28: Brian Elliott, Elliott Environmental Consulting, LLC: "Using Wild Edible Plants"

February 18: Curtis Jones, Botanical Interests, Broomfield CO: Subject to be announced.

March 25: Dianne Aigaki: "Botanical Documentation and Cultural Diplomacy in Tibet". At GATES HALL.

April 1: Allan R. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder: Subject to be announced

April 15: Carol English: "Effective Pollinators in a Rare and Endemic Colorado Penstemon". At GATES HALL.

May 20: Lisa Mason, Outreach Forester, Colorado State Forest Service: "Pests of Ponderosa - Mountain Pine Beetles"

Posted December 9, 2009:

The 7th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens was hosted by the Durban Botanic Gardens in South Africa from November 1 - 5.   The Congress had 150 delegates from 25 countries. Full proceedings will be published in 2010, but you can click here to download summary notes or see a slide show.

Posted December 8, 2009:

In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "The Diffusion of Maize to the Southwestern United States and Its Impact".  Click for details.

Posted December 7, 2009:

The American Institute of Biological Sciences announced in its December 7 email newsletter that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing nearly $650,000 in grants to protect 30 critically endangered species around the world. The 24 grants will help to address the spread of a deadly fungus affecting amphibians, the protection of Siberian cranes and Ethiopian wolves, and the conservation of 9 species of reptiles. “We have a shared responsibility to help safeguard our planet's remarkable biodiversity,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Posted November 30, 2009:

The Royal Society of England has just launched " Trailblazing", a showcase of sixty articles written by scientists, such as, Newton, Franklin, and Hawkins and published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010.  Click to read.

Posted November 19, 2009:

Take a class at the Desert Studies Center, Mojave National Preserve, Zzyzx, CA.

Click for details.

Posted November 18, 2009:

Do you like tree leaves?  Do you enjoy a good chuckle?  Click.

Posted November 16, 2009:

Carol English, Board Member of the Colorado Native Plant Society, is interested in reaching out to public and charter schools regarding integrating native plants into their curriculum through Junior Native Plant Masters, pocket prairie gardens, and other creative methods. If you would like to assist or have ideas about how to reach out to children in schools, please email Carol or call her: 303-697-3349.

Posted November 15, 2009:

From the abstract of "Kin Recognition: Competition and Cooperation in Impatiens" appearing in the American Journal of Botany:

"The ability to recognize kin is an important element in social behavior and can lead to the evolution of altruism. Recently, it has been shown that plants are capable of kin recognition through root interactions. Here we tested for kin recognition in a North American species of Impatiens that has a high opportunity of growing with kin and responds strongly to aboveground competition."  Click here for details. Or click here.

Posted November 8, 2009:

The latest issue of the Arizona Native Plant Society newsletter, The Plant Press, is available on-line now.  Click for the newsletter.

Posted November 5, 2009:

New journal: The Journal of Pollination Ecology is an open access online journal that aims to promote the exchange of original knowledge and research in any area of pollination issues. Click for the web site.

Posted November 5, 2009:

Click here for the Colorado State University Extension Service new web page on the flora of Colorado.  The site is a web version (with photographs) of the Native Plant Master Manual that is used in the CSU Native Plant Master Classes (see above).

Posted November 3, 2009:

In the American Journal of Botany: "Tangled Trios?: Characterizing a Hybrid Zone in Castilleja".  Click for the abstract.

Posted October 29, 2009

We hear daily about global warming but seldomly about the root cause: over population.  If human population were one/sixth of what it is now, and we remained the polluting individuals that we presently are, we would have far fewer of the massive environmental problems we now face.  Says Science Newsletter, "Some people may live lightly on the land, but the demands of the world's [human] population as a whole consume nearly a quarter of Earth's total biological productivity". Click for detailsAnd click againAnd again.

Posted October 29, 2009:

The "New Mexico Botanist" makes available "floristic and taxonomic information of interest to the botanists of [New Mexico]".  Click for details.

Posted October 28, 2009:

NatureServe, an international nonprofit conservation organization, is seeking a Research Botanist to join its team of scientists. This is a half-time position with the possibility of becoming full-time in the summer or fall of 2010. The Research Botanist assesses and reviews the conservation status of rare North American plants and contributes to a diverse array of projects and analyses that use this information to influence conservation decisions.  Click for details.

Posted October 23, 2009: 

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and other leading scientific organizations have reaffirmed the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and is primarily caused by human activities.

In a statement sent to all U.S. Senators on October 21, 2009, the leaders of 18 scientific organizations stated that “rigorous scientific research” demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the "primary driver" of climate change. "These conclusions are based on multiple independent lines of evidence, and contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science," the scientists wrote.

Dr. May Berenbaum, President of AIBS, signed the letter on behalf of the society. "The evidence that human activities contribute to global climate change is compellingly consistent and clear; constructive human activities to stem or reverse these changes are now urgently needed," she said.

The letter called attention to the impacts of climate change on human society, the economy, and the environment. The "broad impacts" of climate change include sea level rise, greater threats of extreme weather events, and increased risk of regional water scarcity, wildfires, and the disturbance of biological systems throughout the United States. "Climate change is surging through and rending Earth's biodiversity," said Dr. William Y. Brown, President of the Natural Science Collections Alliance. "If we do not stem the tide of our own greenhouse gases now, we simply invite and magnify future harm and cost."

"[T]o avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases must be dramatically reduced," the letter stated. "In addition, adaptation will be necessary to address those impacts that are already unavoidable." The impact of climate change on natural resources and biological systems will be profound. "Climate change is real, and plants know it. Plants that could once grow only south of central Ohio can now grow north of Detroit," said Dr. Kent Holsinger, President of the Botanical Society of America. "Warmer temperatures also lead to earlier flowering, which can disrupt pollinator interactions leading to declines of both plants and pollinators."

The consequences will be significant for our food supply, which depends upon plants and their pollinators. Dr. Brian D. Kloeppel, President of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, warned: "Climate change will continue to have dramatic impacts on both temperate and boreal forests as rising temperatures increase carbon dioxide efflux from forest soils. The resulting feedback on the distribution and productivity of these forest ecosystems as water resources fluctuate could be dramatic."

The scientific organizations that sent the letter represent the breadth of the scientific community. Collectively, these organizations serve more than 10 million scientists. Ten AIBS member organizations have already signed the statement. Click to read the complete statement.

Posted October 14, 2009:

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The online resource allows biologists and science educators to quickly and effectively influence policy and public opinion.

The AIBS Legislative Action Center is located at This advocacy tool allows individuals to communicate with members of Congress, executive branch officials, and selected media outlets.

Currently, scientists can send a letter to President Obama requesting that he sign a Presidential Executive Order for the Preservation and Use of Scientific Collections. To learn more about this important initiative spearheaded by the Natural Science Collections Alliance and AIBS, visit and to send a letter to the President, go to

Posted September 30, 2009:

Click for the latest American Institute of Biological Sciences report.

Posted September 30, 2009:

The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science indicates, "The United States may be on the brink of losing its global edge in science. Many American students are under-prepared for and uninterested in the scientific and technical careers they may be asked to take on. Furthermore, these students, their teachers, and the broader public lack basic understandings of what science is and how it works, which may negatively impact their ability to make reasoned and informed decisions about science-related issues. We describe two unique and recently developed projects designed to help tackle these problems by improving public understanding of and interest in science."

Click for details.

Posted September 22, 2009:

Click to look at the website of the United Plant Savers.  Their mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

Posted September 18, 2009:

In the latest American Journal of Biology: "Improving the Public Understanding of Science". 

From the "Abstract":

"The United States may be on the brink of losing its global edge in science. Many American students are under prepared for and uninterested in the scientific and technical careers they may be asked to take on. Furthermore, these students, their teachers, and the broader public lack basic understandings of what science is and how it works, which may negatively impact their ability to make reasoned and informed decisions about science-related issues. We describe two unique and recently developed projects designed to help tackle these problems by improving public understanding of and interest in science. The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science is a grassroots effort to lower the barriers between the scientific community and the public. It aims to inspire broad appreciation of science, inform the public about the nature and process of science, and make science accessible to everyone. Understanding Science is a web-based project that aims to improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, to provide resources that encourage and enable kindergarten through undergraduate (K–16) teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their teaching, and to serve as a clear and accessible reference that accurately portrays the scientific endeavor. The botanical and broader scientific communities are invited to participate in these efforts."

Click for the article.

Posted September 13, 2009:

The American Institute of Biological Sciences latest report contains the following among many other news items: 

Click for details.

Posted September 13, 2009:

Where did flowers come from?  "Scientists are... finding a wealth of clues in living flowers and their genes. They are teasing apart the recipes encoded in plant DNA for building different kinds of flowers. Their research indicates that flowers evolved into their marvelous diversity in much the same way as eyes and limbs have: through the recycling of old genes for new jobs."  Click for the entire New York Times article.

Posted May 5, 2009:

Click to read about pollinators of Aquilegia coerulea in the latest issue of Annals of Botany.

Posted April 21, 2009

The IK Foundation is publishing 8 volumes on the The Linnaeus Apostles, 17 of Linnaeus' scholars who were inspired by Linnaeus to travel the world to document local nature and culture. They traveled on their own or with expeditions across land and sea, and their travels covered every continent.  Click for details.

Posted April 17, 2009

The Ethnobotany Teaching Garden at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction is taking shape.  Click for details.

Posted April 9, 2009

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign has put online the first of their series of ecoregional guides (using Bailey's Ecoregions) on plants for pollinators. Click for details.

Posted April 1, 2009:

From the latest American Institute of Biological Sciences Report:

1) The sixth volume of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, published by the Ecological Society of America, is now available online.

2) The National Association of Biology Teachers has established a Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship program “to encourage and support teachers who want to further their education in the life sciences or life science education.” To learn more about BELS and find out about eligibility and award requirements, go to the NABT website.

3) May 28-31, 2009--16th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. The American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators is an interactive event providing scientific updates and effective teaching strategies. The conference will feature plenary lectures, poster sessions, nuts and bolts sessions, and special interest groups. Click for more information.  

4) June 2009–May 2010--BSCS Science Institutes, Colorado Springs, CO, and online. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study is offering six week-long, inquiry-based science institutes starting in June for elementary and secondary science teachers. Institute topics include “Scientific Inquiry,” “Literacy and Science,” and “Content Deepening Series for Elementary Teachers.” All institutes will immerse participants in both indoor and outdoor activities, and the learning experience continues past the end of the face-to-face institute. During the school year each participant will have online access to a continuing education program and support, both of which will provide opportunities to reflect with other participants on the integration of the institute content and approaches and review student work, practices, and interactions.  Click for details about the institutes’ topics and dates.

Links to web sites with additional
Colorado, regional, and national botanical news

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

The American Society for Plant Taxonomists promotes research and teaching of taxonomy, systematics, and phylogeny of vascular and nonvascular plants.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Botanical Electronic Information Sites

Botanical Post-doctoral, Fellowship, and Career Opportunities

The Botanical Society of America promotes botany, studying and inquiring into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.  The objectives of The Society are to: sustain and provide improved formal and informal education about plants; encourage basic plant research; provide expertise, direction, and position statements concerning plants and ecosystems; and foster communication within the professional botanical community, and between botanists and the rest of humankind through publications, meetings, and committees.

Botany, Google Directory

Botany, Virtual Library of

Botany, Yahoo Directory

Boulder County Nature Association

Bureau of Land Management, Colorado

Canotia, published by the Arizona State University Vascular Plant Herbarium, is a journal devoted to botanical and mycological papers.

The Center for Native Eco-Systems, based in Denver, works to protect and recover all of the native plants and critters, and their homes, in the Greater Southern Rockies ecosystem.

Celebrating Wildflowers: News

Center for Plant Conservation News

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts promotes and supports land conservation efforts in Colorado.

Colorado Conservation Trust is a statewide non-profit organization that protects special places of Colorado.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources News

Colorado Natural Areas Program, a division of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, protects areas that contain at least one unique or high-quality natural feature of statewide significance.

Colorado Natural Heritage Program tracks and ranks Colorado's rare and imperiled species and habitats and provides information and expertise on these topics to promote the conservation of Colorado's valuable biological resources.

Colorado Open Lands is a non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting working farms and ranches and the diminishing natural heritage of Colorado. 

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Current Topics in the uses of plants.

Colorado State University Research

Colorado Weed Management Association Newsletter

Conservation in Practice

Denver Botanic Garden

Employment: Botanical Post-doctoral, Fellowship, and Career Opportunities

Employment: Science Careers

Endangered Species Coalition speaks for several hundred organizations and works to ensure that the Endangered Species Act and endangered species are preserved.

Flora of North America News

The Grand Canyon Trust is committed to protecting and restoring the Colorado Plateau.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund dedicates a portion of state lottery proceeds to projects that preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails, and open spaces.

High Country News       
High Country News Listing of Conservation Conferences, Events, and Education.

Horticulture News

International Association for Plant Taxonomy

Jobs: Environmental Jobs in Colorado

Jobs: Federal in all States

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems.

The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program collects, organizes, and makes available natural resource data.  Southwest Region   Rocky Mountain Region

League of Conservation Voters Newsroom

National Park Service Retirees Coalition News     Press Releases

Natural History Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and Monographic Series

Natural Resources Conservation Service News


The Nature Conservancy in Colorado

NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading sources for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.

New Scientist News

Plant Biology News

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory News

San Juan Citizens Alliance News

Science    Science News

Society for Ecological Restoration, Central Rockies Chapter News/Events

Society of Systematic Biologists News

Southwest Farm Press

Union of Concerned Scientists

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Bulletin

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

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