Join us for our second social hour at the shop! Whether you already have a passion for environmental awareness or you want to learn more, this will be a chance to meet new people, chat about the natural world, and enjoy two free cocktails crafted by the Baltimore Whiskey Company!
We will also be joined by Jared Margulies, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sheffield in environmental politics. Jared will be giving a short presentation about the flowering plant Lantana camara, a beautiful yet devastating invasive species transforming ecosystems worldwide. In the US, Lantana is grown for its attractive and sweet-smelling multicolored flowers. It might even be in your backyard! But tracing a journey from South America to European botanical gardens to the administrative headquarters of the British Raj, uncovering Lantana's social history reveals the impacts of a colonial legacy decimating tropical forests worldwide. At the same time, can this story of a very destructive flower suggest ways we might learn to 'love our invasives' for conservation's benefit? This brief talk will be followed by a screening of a short film about Lantana's impact on the forests of South India, some of the most important landscapes for elephant and tiger conservation in the world.
Be sure to bring some spare cash, as we will also be collecting donations for The Shola Trust, an Indian conservation non-profit working to control Lantana and market its economic use with the support of local communities.