Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium
Somervell County Exposition Center
202 Bo Gibbs Boulevard
Glen Rose, TX 76043
It seems most every day there is another news story telling of an imperiled wildlife or plant species, or impacts on human health or food security, which is related to changing climatic conditions on our planet. There is a strong consensus among scientists that climate change is happening, and that the time to act on this public issue is now. Links to some articles below will help to convey this news far more eloquently but we share their sense of urgency.
Members of the Native Plant Society of Texas, acting individually and collectively, are in a position to make significant impacts for the better on the future of Texas in this century and beyond. Come to our fall symposium to learn how you can be part of conservation to fight climate change and ensure a brighter future for the plants, animals and humans that call Texas home.
Cynthia Maguire & Ricky Linex,
Planning Committee Co-Chairs
What do other environmental organizations have to say?
Landmark Audubon Citizen Science Study Released
Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations and sophisticated climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. Their work defines the climate conditions birds need to survive, then maps where those conditions will be found in the future as the Earth’s climate responds to increased greenhouse gases.
It’s the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds. Watch a short video on how one hummingbird species is affected or view their entire report.
Butterflies Are Vanishing Around the World
Researchers find that species are disappearing because of pollution, pesticides, and habitat loss. The butterflies are vanishing, according to a July 15, 2016 article the journal Science, and it’s happening even in protected areas. [Scientists acknowledge] that the decline in butterflies is not exceptional. Bumblebees, dragonflies, moths, and ladybirds (or ladybugs, in this country) may be even worse off because of environmental damage inflicted by humans. Those insect groups really matter in the sense that they have ecological value for pollination and predator control. Butterflies, on the other hand, are mostly just pretty to look at. Read the full article including links to the original journal article.
‘Hotter, wetter, drier’ – Scientists say temp records a view of the future
Amid worrisome Zika news, longer mosquito season found across the U.S.
both published in Texas Climate News.