Watershed Wednesday Happy Hour

From 05/11/22 6:00 pm until 05/11/22 7:30 pm
Watershed Wednesday Happy Hour

Life on the Fringes
Edge Ecology with Karyn Molines

Edge habitats are zones where two different ecological communities interact; for example where a forest and meadow, or a bay and beach connect. Although these areas have characteristics of both habitats, edges also have their own unique plants.  The presentation will include both natural edges, and more artificial edges created through human disturbances of natural areas. Examples of plants that prefer edges, and the animals that thrive there, will be used to illustrate ecological functions and services of these habitats.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Molines has been a naturalist and educator, leading field trips and workshops for the Maryland Native Plant Society and Audubon Naturalist Society. She is a founding member of MNPS; with previous positions as President, Vice President, and Secretary. She is the Charles County Conservation Advocate for the Society. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Natural History from the Graduate School, USDA. She is a member of the first class of the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy; an is a Certified Climate Change Professional®. Her day-job as the Division Chief for Calvert County Natural Resources includes managing the county’s nature parks including Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Kings Landing Park and several boat and kayak launches. She manages a certified Tree Farm, most recently overseeing a selective thinning of approximately 36 acres. Other areas under her direction include the preservation of the cultural resources found in the county’s natural areas. She oversees environmental education programs for the public, families, adults, school children, and teachers. She is responsible for implementing the County’s deer management program.

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