Meetings

The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) holds Bi-Monthly Meetings that are an open forum for anyone interested or working in plant conservation. Meetings are held every other month in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with an option to join online.

Each meeting features a speaker from the plant conservation community. In addition, there is a roundtable for attendees to share relevant events, as well as updates from each of the PCA working groups and committees. Regular attendees include representatives from the PCA Federal agencies and from Cooperating organizations; however anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 2-4pm Eastern.  The PCA is excited to welcome Javier Robayo, Executive Director of Fundacion EcoMinga (EcoMinga Foundation), to present from 2:00-3:00 pm ET.

Fundacion EcoMinga (EcoMinga Foundation in English) is an Ecuadorian foundation with international sponsors, dedicated to the conservation of the unique foothill forests, cloud forests, and alpine grasslands (“paramo”) of the Andes, especially those on the edge of the Amazon basin in east-central Ecuador and those on the super-wet western Andean slopes of the Choco region in northwest Ecuador. The foundation was established in Ecuador in 2006, under the statutes and supervision of the Ecuadorian Ministerio del Ambiente.

Read more at ecomingafoundation.wordpress.com

 ****This meeting will be held in the John Muir room at the Main Interior Building, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC 20240.****

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More about Javier Robayo:  Javier has worked for more than 20 years for the conservation of nature in Ecuador. He began working at Ecominga in 2006; his main function has been the creation of Ecominga Reserves in the Baños area, where he worked for almost 10 years with local communities, authorities and scientists. Four years ago he started the Dracula Reserve project, located in the cloud forests of the Chocó eco-region, in the northwest of Ecuador on the border with Colombia. There, he has coordinated scientific research activities and worked with the communities of Chical and Maldonado. His interest in plants, birds, mammals and the ecology of the cloud forest has allowed the Dracula Reserve, a treasure of the Choco eco-region, to have a holistic vision in its planning, expansion and conservation. He also spent 13 years at Fundación Jocotoco as Manager and Director of Reserves. He is currently coordinating the work of the Dracula Reserve, the Manduriacu River Reserve and the Ecominga administrative operation.

Future Meetings

May 8, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

July 10, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

September 11, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

November 13, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

Previous Meetings

March 13, 2019 - Chris Martine (Bucknell University) presented Plants are Cool, Too: #SciComm, media relations, and a botanist on Mars. ABSTRACT: Using case studies based on recent attempts to promote new scientific findings through multiple types/tiers of media, this talk will present strategies that any biodiversity professional might employ when hoping to spread the word about (and engage the public in) their research outcomes. While taking on the job of promoting your own work might seem like a daunting (or even painful) task, the payoffs ideally include: a) Increased reads and/or citations; b) Expanding the reach and impact of your work; and d) Building public enthusiasm for biodiversity science/protection/conservation.

November 14, 2018 - the PCA welcomed Doug Tallamy, Mary Phillips, John Rowden, and Judy Venonsky as panelists (Moderated by Casey Sclar) on “Identifying and addressing information gaps in plant databases to support emerging planting design technologies promoting biodiversity and ecological benefits”. ABSTRACT: Technological advancements, including databases, websites, and intuitive parametric design apps, show great promise to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners alike with simplifying the planting design process. However, information gaps need to be addressed in order to optimize the emerging data tools, particularly when it comes to selecting the most useful and available plants to enhance ecosystem services and sustainable design. Much great work has already been achieved through development of the national databases of the Biota of North America Project (BONAP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PLANTS, NatureServe, and the Ecoregional Revegetation Application (ERA). This panel discussion will address the current plant databases available to algorithms and applications and what efforts are needed to ensure consistent and vetted data on ecologically beneficial plants is readily accessible to emerging technologies and the general public. See the presentation associated with this meeting here.

September 12, 2018 - Abby Meyer, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., spoke about leveraging the garden community to complement and backup collections within and among institutions to close gaps and secure plant diversity for the future. This talk also discussed implementing The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation and the ways garden staff can use information available to them to assess gaps and priorities for their own collections. Specific information about time and location of the talk will be posted at the end of August.

March 14, 2018 - Margaret O'Gorman - President of the Wildlife Habitat Council

January 10, 2018 - Jeannette Whitton, Director University of British Columbia Herbarium, Canada's SARA & COSEWIC

November 8, 2017 - Emily Sessa, University of Florida, Fern Conservation.

September 13, 2017 - Dwayne Estes​, Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. You can find a copy of Dwayne's talk here.