Upcoming Lectures: Butterflies and Water

April 14, 2011 by Parks Conservancy Staff

We've got two new FREE lectures on the schedule for spring at the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center. At both talks, experts on particular areas of the park will share details that will give you a deeper appreciation of how everything is tied together ecologically.

Water Flow in Schenley Park
Wednesday, April 27, 12:00 - 1:00pm


The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is embarking on a watershed planning process for the 780-acre Panther Hollow Watershed. In order to improve the green infrastructure of the watershed and more effectively manage what comes through it, we first need to understand how the system currently works. For the past several years, research teams have been tracking everything from how fast water flows in a thunderstorm to how many bugs are present in the wetland areas.

Dan Bain, PhD, Professor in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, will give a talk with Kristina Hopkins about monitoring water flow in Schenley Park. This research will provide a basis for determining how to make water flow more naturally through the watershed. Because the watershed encompasses a densely paved urban area, water does not flow as it would in a purely natural setting. At this talk, you can learn more about how it all works--and how it would work in an ideal world.


Butterflies of Schenley Park and the Panther Hollow Watershed
Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Jeffrey Zablow has been documenting the butterflies of Schenley Park for several years, mostly shooting on film. A naturalist and photographer with a passion for butterflies and wildflowers, Zablow will provide a truly up close and personal look at some of the creatures he's encountered in the park.

Sign up for these lectures here.

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