We can help DNR track "watchlist" species - ranked S3. Here are some that bloom in the spring and are easy to ID: Cypripedium parviflorum (Yellow Lady's-slipper), Delphinium tricorne (Dwarf Larkspur), Hybanthus concolor (Green Violet), Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep Laurel), Myosotis verna (Spring Forget-me-not), Primula media (Eastern Shooting star).
If you see any of these - or any other S3 plant - please note the exact location and try to take a photo. Then either contribute the record to the Maryland Biodiversity Project, marylandbiodiversity.com, or send an email to email@example.com. We'll take it from there. Locations of species likely to be poached will not be shared publicly.
The Norton Brown Herbarium at the University of Maryland is in danger of being shut down. It holds the largest collection of Maryland specimens in existence and continues to collect, documenting the changes in distribution of our flora. Read the letter from MNPS to University officials here. And please write your own letter. Maryland needs this critical scientific resource.
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