Ed Cope, restoration ecologist at the Natural Land Institute, will speak at the Wild Ones meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Valley College Physical Education Center PEC0110 (lower level), 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford.
In a talk titled “Pilferers on the Prairie: Parasitic Plants of Northern Illinois,” Cope will look at parasitic plants found in northern Illinois.
He will discuss how they find and attach to their hosts, their role in the ecosystem, and why they are becoming a popular tool for restoration managers in the region.
He will also look at some species that are often mistaken for parasites and learn how to differentiate them.
Cope is a popular speaker on the flora of Winnebago County.
His duties as the restoration ecologist with the Natural Land Institute include management of NLI’s nature preserves, including 720-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve near Rockton.
He graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with degrees in land rehabilitation and wildlife habitat ecology and management.
“While I take an interest in all living things plants in particular have captured my curiosity,” he said.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 779-537.8939 or visit www.wildonesrrvc.org.