The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on April 20 at 12:30 PM at The Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab, 13 Waterman St, Providence, RI (Directions). Laurelin Sitterly will be giving a carnivorous plant bog building demonstration.
A silent auction is also being planned.
In the early 20th century, RISD faculty member Edna Lawrence founded the Nature Lab to "open students' eyes to the marvels of beauty in nature...of forms, space, color, texture, design and structure."
Today, the Lab still offers unmediated access to authentic natural history specimens, while also fostering creative inquiry into biomimetics, biophilic design, ecology and climate change. High-end microscopes, high-speed cameras and other advanced imaging systems give members of the RISD community access to living and non-living specimens at multiple scales and provide an engaging platform for examining myriad connections between artistic and scientific study.
The Nature Lab furthers RISD's hands-on approach to learning by enabling students to investigate ethical, sustainable modes of making informed by natural systems and designed to benefit the environment. Ultimately, it helps everyone who makes use of our resources better understand and articulate the role we play as humans in the ecosystem.
Garden Of Eatin': Carnivorous Plants Are Savage Survivors
Las Vegas Sun: Carnivorous plants aren't a product of nightmares so much as they are a product of evolution. When plants growing in bogs and other wetlands couldn't find enough nutrients in the soil around them, they had to diversify their diets, so they evolved to use their leaves as traps, catching small prey such as insects, tadpoles, frogs, lizards and other creatures. Even more remarkable is the fact that they evolved independently around the globe instead of from one single ancestor. American pitcher plants, tropical pitcher plants, Australian pitcher plants and American carnivorous bromeliads are great examples of convergent evolution-all of these plants consume their prey in a similar fashion, but are unrelated. But pitchers are just scratching the sticky surface of these incredible organisms. Botanists have identified more than 800 species of carnivorous plants around the world.
North America's native temperate carnivorous plants can't get too hot or too dry, and they need cold weather to go into dormancy, so growing them at home in a desert climate can get a bit tricky. Anywhere beyond their preferred boggy habitat, carnivorous plants will need to grow in pots.
Important note: Never collect specimens from the wild. Most carnivorous plants are rare. Over-collection and habitat destruction are two huge conservation threats to carnivorous plants around the world. Instead, seek out reputable growers who use responsible methods of propagation.
Read the Full Story to learn tips for caring for a Venus flytrap and other species.