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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Avenue. The meetings are held from 9:45 - 11:30 AM. The meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, January thru June and September thru November.


 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Derek Antonelli - Ferns of North Idaho

Summary: Ferns are a fascinating and diverse group of plants. In many ways, they are very much like the flowering plants we are all so familiar with, but they have some striking differences. Derek Antonelli with the Idaho Native Plant Society will cover the natural history of this group of plants and describe anatomical features that make the group special. This knowledge will make identifying ferns a whole lot easier. Northern Idaho, with its higher levels of precipitation, has the highest diversity of fern in the state. Derek will show photos of a number of these ferns and fern allies. He will display many specimens he has collected over the years.

Bio: Derek Antonelli (a retired US Air Force officer) is the president of the Calypso Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society (INPS) serving the Coeur d'Alene area. He leads the North Idaho Rare Plant Working Group for INPS. Derek is a charter member of the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program serving the Sandpoint area. He is an amateur botanist who has been studying and collecting plants for 40 years.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Laura Wolf - Mountain Goats: Living on the Edge

Summary: Mountain goats are unique and iconic animals in the alpine environments of the Rocky Mountains. These shaggy white beasts can balance on ledges and withstand harsh winter conditions, but can be threatened by human disturbance and climate change. Come learn about how mountain goats create an interesting social structure living on the cliffs of our highest mountains.

Bio: Laura Wolf has been a wildlife biologist with Idaho Department of Fish and Game for 13 years. Based out of Coeur d’Alene, she works primarily with big game species such as deer, elk, moose, wolves, and mountain lions, but is most excited when she gets to work with mountain goats. Laura also works regularly with the USFS on large-scale habitat projects. She manages Snow Peak Wildlife Management Area along the North Fork of the Clearwater River, which is home to a healthy herd of mountain goats. She recently led the statewide Mountain Goat Management Plan for Idaho.