Online Presentation: Dr. Sara Bois, Scotch Broom – Getting swept away by a beautiful invasive

Nantucket Atheneum |Nantucket, MA
November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Full title: ‘Getting swept away by a beautiful invasive; investigating a naturalized Nantucket species’

Dr. Sarah Bois, Director of Research and Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, will present on a grant-funded island-wide investigation of the non-native invasive plant, Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius).

Scotch Broom has been introduced to many parts of the world as an ornamental for its evergreen foliage and beautiful yellow flowers. In parts of North America, it has become one of the worst invaders. With funding from the New England Botanical Club Les Mehrhoff award, Sarah is investigating the extent of the Scotch Broom presence on the island, a first step in understanding its invasiveness on Nantucket. Sarah will discuss invasion history, impacts to native habitats, and the effects of climate change on this species. She’ll also discuss how you can be involved in the project and native plant conservation.

Sarah oversees the LLNF research program where research is used to inform the LLNF education program for people of all ages and backgrounds. Research also informs the management and conservation efforts on the LLNF 275 acre property at Eel Point.

Cosponsored with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation. Free admission, but registration is required.