Alpine EcoFlora Project (Speaker Series)
April 13th, 6pm – 7pm
South Branch Library – 103 S. Harris St, Breckenridge
Calling all nature warriors! Are you passionate about high-elevation Colorado plants? Join Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ new Alpine EcoFlora Project! This citizen-science botany project is powered by iNaturalist, and is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of alpine plant distributions. Alpine ecosystems are home to some of the world’s toughest plants and animals, who have evolved adaptations to this cold, inhospitable environment. However, global climate change is affecting alpine areas even more significantly than other ecosystems, threatening many species! Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, located in Vail, CO, developed and recently published the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation (the Alpine Strategy), a blueprint for protecting and conserving alpine plants and habitats. Emily Griffoul, the Conservation Scientist at the Gardens, will be presenting an overview of the Alpine Strategy and the progress made so far to preserve alpine areas here in Colorado. She will also introduce and demonstrate the Alpine EcoFlora Project, and invite participants to help conserve the alpine through citizen science!