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.