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.

The next PCA General Meeting is November 14, 2018 from 2-4pm EST!

The PCA is excited to welcome Doug Tallamy, Mary Phillips, John Rowden, and Judy Venonsky as panelists to present “Identifying and addressing information gaps in plant databases to support emerging planting design technologies promoting biodiversity and ecological benefits” from 2:00-3:00 pm ET, on November 14th:

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.

Join the live WEBINAR: ** **       Meeting ID: 503 296 443

 **Panelist bios**

Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home, and with Rick Darke coauthored The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

Mary Phillips has led the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ program since 2014, helping people create habitat where they live, work, play, learn and worship. Mary also coordinates the National Wildlife Federation’s pollinator and monarch strategy which includes co-founding the National Pollinator Garden Network and co-launching the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge with over 50 national conservation, garden trade, and federal and voluntary civics organizations. Additionally, Mary launched and manages NWF’s Butterfly Heroes® campaign funded by the Disney Conservation Fund, managed NWF’s 3 year MOU with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to “Save the Monarch”, and is a member of the Monarch Joint Venture steering committee.

John Rowden, is Director of Community Conservation for the National Audubon Society and led the team that developed Audubon’s “Plants for Birds” database. John joined Audubon in 2009 when he was hired by New York City Audubon to direct citizen science and outreach for the chapter throughout the city. In 2013 he transitioned to the National Audubon Society, first working on the Toyota TogetherGreen program before becoming Audubon’s Director of Community Conservation in 2016. His work at Audubon has focused on engaging new audiences in Audubon’s conservation efforts, personally and through Audubon’s extensive national network. He earned his PhD in Zoology from Duke University.

Judy Venonsky, RLA, ASLA, is Living Systems Specialist at OLIN, where she has worked since 2007 and spearheads Living Systems Design research and practice at OLIN working closely with horticultural academics and professionals to marry design excellence with ecology. Judy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design from Moore College of Art and Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Judith has also served as a guest critic for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Portfolio Reviews with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, taught a studio on civic landscapes, and received a Student Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Narenja Juneja Award for Commitment to Ecological and Social Issues in Landscape Architecture.

MODERATOR Casey Sclar is the Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association. Their team connects, protects, and champions over 600 gardens and 9300 members located throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and 24 other countries. These gardens reach over 121 million visitors per year, continually envisioning “a world where public gardens are indispensable”. Casey’s work experience in horticulture and plant science spans three decades. Prior to Association service, he spent 15 years at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA) directing integrated pest management, soils and composting, land stewardship, and other sustainability programs. He holds a B.S. degree in horticulture from Cal Poly State Univ., San Luis Obispo, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Colorado State University, and received the Association’s Professional Citation in 2011 for outstanding achievements in public horticulture. Casey’s service promotes gardens, plants, and pollinators coupled with outreach directed at awareness of threats such as invasive species. He is the Inaugural Chair of NICH - the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture - which raises overall awareness of the $196B/yr. end-use horticulture industry, serves on the Board of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and sits on the Advisory Council for Seed Your Future to help ever more leaders pursue horticulture and the plant sciences as a career.

Future Meetings

January 9, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

March 13, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

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

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.