Wild Ones hosts native orchid program

Staff Report

On Thursday, February 18, Wild Ones of the Rock River Valley will be hosting an overview of 20 local native orchids, presented by Ed Cope, Restoration Ecologist for the Natural Land Institute. Many of these species are rare and Ed’s photographs may be the best, if not only, way to see them. This program will give a look at the orchids that grow in our local woods and prairies. All 20 of the native species will be discussed in detail, with information provided on how and where they grow. Techniques for growing orchids will also be briefly covered.

Cope has extensive experience and education in restoring and managing northern Illinois native ecosystems and plants. Cope has volunteered for and been employed by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County (FPWC) and currently the Natural Land Institute. As a seasonal natural resource employee for FPWC he produced photo field guides to the Orchids of Winnebago County and the Ferns of Winnebago County.

Cope received his Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and habitat management and land rehabilitation in 2013 from Montana State University.

This Wild Ones program is free and open to the public. The program will take place at Rock Valley College Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., from 7-9 p.m.The library, merchandise and refreshment tables will be available prior to the presentation. For more information call 815-494-6977 or visit wildonesrrvc.com.

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