Jackson Audubon took up Robert Ayotte’s offer for a presentation, “Conifers of the Great Lakes Region” for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, at Hidden Lakes Gardens. Robert will discuss the identification, biology, and ecology of cone-bearing plants and then focus on the 13 native species. Afterward, the group is welcome to join Robert for a tour of the notable conifers gracing the Gardens’ arboretum.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, with a concentration in forest ecology (1983). He has worked in forest ecosystems in Michigan, New England, Pennsylvania. Oregon, and Washington. In 2014 and 2015 he was a seasonal ecologist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory where he conducted vegetation analysis and mapping in our local state wildlife management and recreation areas. He is a smooth presenter and a dedicated Conehead.
Please arrive in time for a carpool to leave at 9 a.m. from the east side (nearest Summit Township’s offices) of the Polly’s Country Market parking lot, 2119 Ferguson Road, Jackson (42.198482, -84.439890). If you would rather drive separately, meet the group at 9:45 a.m. at the Gardens’ visitors center, 6214 Monroe Road (M-50, 42.029902, -84.110799), Tipton.
Admission to the grounds is free for HLG members, $3 for nonmembers. Hidden Lake (http://www.canr.msu.edu/hiddenlakegardens/) graciously agreed to host this presentation in its well-equipped meeting room and included it in the Garden’s online programs listing.
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