CFRW hosts a FREE Educational Seminar by a guest lecturer the first Saturday of every month at Cape Fear River Watch Headquarters, located at 617 Surry Street. Seminars cover a diverse variety of topics, including local history, local birds, geology, fisheries, etc. We serve a FREE pancake breakfast at 8am and the seminar starts at 9am. (But you can always bring a few bucks for the donation jar!)
My education background includes a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and an M.S. in Biology from UNCW. (My thesis involved the study of the breeding behavior & ecology of Least Terns, which nest on our local beaches and a few rooftops). I am currently enrolled in the graduate program at Wake Forest University pursuing a PhD in Botany where I study a species of invasive plant that I also work to control (Vitex rotundifolia).
I have been working with plants for 27 years. I started with the Nebraska Forestry Service working for an Extension and Research Forester. I have worked in retail garden centers and with growers in both the Midwest and in North Carolina. I spent a year and-a-half working as an environmental consultant delineating and mapping wetlands and conducting environmental assessments throughout the state.
For fourteen years I was the Conservation Horticulturist at the Ft. Fisher Aquarium. Currently I work as an adjunct Biology Instructor at Cape Fear Community College.
I have been active in dune-restoration efforts, native plant propagation, and community outreach. I serve as the state coordinator for the Beach Vitex Task Force, a group dedicated to the eradication of this exotic invasive species, as well as serving as President of the NC Invasive Plant Council. I also am a proud member of the Wilmington Tree Commission and serve on the executive committee of the Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaborative.
My goals are to present plants to people as part of our ecological community as well as part of our gardens; to foster an appreciation of the important interactions between plants, animals and other life forms; to teach low-impact gardening practices; and to introduce gardeners to our native species that are both sustainable and quite pleasing in the landscape.