We have been so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers ! I want to thank you all for showing up each week and helping us process all the piles of specimens that need work. From species identification workshops through databasing, mounting and filing, their hours of effort maintain the herbarium as a useful scientific resource.
Thanks to Elizabeth and Gart who organize our monthly plant identification workshops, Eileen and Karla who make art out of science, and Beverly and Clay who have stuck with the databasing despite so many technical glitches!
It seems like the end of term just now, as Karla is off home to Mexico and Beverly is off to survey birds over the summer. It looks like it will be fairly quiet here over the summer, but I hope to see familiar faces and new collections in the fall!
Feel free to drop by the herbarium on Wednesdays over the summer !
Every third Wednesday of the month, the Friends of the Connell Memorial Herbarium host a plant identification workshop to encourage interest in local botany. The sessions are held in the Biology (Bailey) Building at UNB, starting at 11 am and running until 3 pm. Attended by beginners and experts alike, these meet-ups are great places to learn about the plants in your own backyard, access resources such as our library and specimen collection, and scheme about botanical expeditions. In addition, you may be able to help the Herbarium with specimens waiting to be accepted into our collections.
This month we’re tackling some difficult graminoides!
This was an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the underwater / intertidal flora of the Bay of Fundy. In addition to serving as the herbarium’s Director, Dr. Gary Saunders (website) is a research professor at UNB interested in algal evolution, sytematics and biodiversity.
A while ago we had the opportunity to visit the herbarium and natural history storage facility for the New Brunswick Museum. I appreciated the chance to observe staff preparing and mounting plants for the herbarium, and to see the scope of their plant collections. In addition, we were shown some fabulous fossils and study skins.
Plant lovers set out into the living world to learn more about New Brunswick plants. This is from a field trip to Kouchibouguac National Park to search for rare plants led by David Mazzerole from the Conservation Data Centre.