Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
Nature Speaks is a part of our Education and Outreach programs and is a collaboration with our partner, the Prospect Heights Public Library.
The series will feature four speakers annually, one each season and is designed to bring important national and regional speakers to Prospect Heights to discuss important, informative and entertaining topics affecting our city, our state and our planet.
All programs take place at the Prospect Heights Public Library's Borland meeting room and start promptly at 7:00. Nature Speaks is free admission but registration is necessary. Please register by calling or visiting the information desk at the library, 847.259.3500 ext. 35 or register on line at http://www.phpl.info/ and go to the events calendar and click on the event.
Venue Change - Due to Covid-19 all Nature Speaks talks will be a virtual Zoom presentations well into 2021. After registration, the library will send you a link to the event as it gets closer to the date.
September 23rd, 2021 - Dr. Allison Sacerdote-Velat
7:00-8:30 PM - "Direct Effects of an Invasive buckthorn Metabolite on Amphibian Embryo Survival and Development."
Most people know Dr. Sacerdote-Velat as one of the leading authorities on Green Snakes but did you know she is one of the foremost authorities on buckthorn? Please join us for this most informative talk on Prospect Height's public enemy # 1, buckthorn!
The NRC receives more calls and questions about invasive buckthorn than anything else. We invite residents to zoom in and learn first hand just how bad this guy is and why we all want to remove it!
European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), exhibits aggressive growth in amphibian breeding sites and releases the secondary metabolite, emodin, into soil and water. Emodin is known to have several deleterious, bioactive properties in mammals and birds, but its effects on amphibians had not been previously assessed.
January 20th 2022 - Dr. Alice Bell
A Zoom Presentation 1:30 - 3:00 PM.
"Our Biggest Experiment - The Epic History of the Climate Crisis"
It was Eunice Newton Foote, an American scientist and women's rights campaigner living in Seneca Falls, New York, who first warned the world that an atmosphere heavy with carbon dioxide could send temperatures here on Earth soaring. This was back in 1856. At the time, no one paid much attention.
Traversing science, politics, and technology, Our Biggest Experiment shines a spotlight on the little-known scientists who sounded the alarm to reveal the history behind the defining story of our age: the climate crisis.