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Talk: Sustaining Biodiversity in Our Coastal Grasslands

Date: March 5, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00; cash bar)

Location: 39 Cove Road, Orleans, MA

Christopher Neill serves as a Senior Scientist with the Woods Hole Research Center. Chris will speak on sandplain grasslands, upland plant communities unique to the coastal Northeast, composed of grasses interspersed with low shrubs and annual and perennial wildflowers. Similar to the Midwest prairies, these relatively flat, open habitats were once common from Long Island to Maine and are critical to regional biodiversity, but they are much diminished by development. In 2016, scientists joined with landowners and plant managers in a regional Sandplain Grassland Network to share information that will help enhance plant and animal diversity in these grasslands—on the Cape and Islands and elsewhere.

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