Title: Let’s Do Lunch-The Uneasy Relationship Between Ungulates and the Landscapes They Inhabit
Speaker: Steve Parks
Description: Hoofed animals have helped create some of the great and beloved landscapes of our planet, habitats that may be viewed as substrates where the co-evolution of plants and animals takes place. The Serengeti of Africa, the Downs of Scotland, and the central prairie of the USA would look very different without the ungulates.Together with man and fire they have shaped their anatomies and their mutual landscapes. Our ungulate, the white tailed deer, survived the Pleistocene extinctions and hunting by early humans, and now does very well as a native in South America, Mexico, Canada, and suburban DC.
Steve Parks’ day job is physics, but he is also a lifelong naturalist. Seeing the effects of grazing and overgrazing on his travels in the US and abroad aroused his interest in the long-term effects of the predator/prey/habitat relationship.
Doors open by 7 PM. Open to the public. Registration not required. Those who do register will receive updates on any changes to the program.
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (use 8525 Fenton St if mapping software does not find One Veterans Place). The facility is in downtown Silver Spring, at the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. Building telephone: 240-777-5350
Directions: Since this is a new venue, we present very detailed directions.
Metro: Take the red line to Silver Spring. Exit to Colesville Road. Go up the hill (north on Colesville). Cross Georgia Ave. The next street is Fenton. Go right on Fenton to Ellsworth, one block down. Go left onto Ellsworth. The building is on your right. Total walk is about ½ mile
From the Capital Beltway:
From East-West Highway:
Parking is free if you leave after 8pm but you will still need to take a ticket from the machine when you first arrive. After the MNPS program, when you leave the garage, the gates will be open and you can exit without having to either present a ticket or make a payment.
How to Get From the Garage to the Meeting Room (It’s not as complicated as it sounds):
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