Cherished by Friends since 1982, the Luncheon-Lectures Series has provided many afternoons of warm reconnection and opportunities to hear engaging speakers. The Luncheon-Lectures committee put together nine wonderful talks for the 2021–22 series.

Spring 2022 lectures will be offered in a virtual format on Zoom. A modest fee of $10 each will be charged for the virtual programs, which will be held from 12–1:15 p.m.

See upcoming talks below or visit the Friends website for more information. We encourage you to share this exciting programming with friends and family.

2022 Virtual Lunchtime Lectures

Monday, April 11, 2022, 12–1:15 p.m.
Invasive Plant Identification and Management: From Hand-Pulling to Biocontrol – Anne Pearce

Invasive plants continue to impact Wisconsin’s natural resources, economy, and even our own health. We’ll highlight some up-and-coming invasive plants. Then we’ll delve into management methods from hand-pulling to chemical control to biocontrol and discuss how to decide which methods to use in different situations. Anne Pearce is the coordinator for the Wisconsin First Detector Network.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 12–1:15 p.m.
Birds of the Arboretum: Spring Migration and Citizen Science – Chuck Henrikson

In the depths of winter we look forward to spring and the return of birds to the Arboretum. There are not many resident bird species in the Arboretum in the winter months, but during spring migration the number of bird species jumps dramatically. Some of the new arrivals stay all summer while others pass through heading north to find appropriate habitats for both food and reproductive success. Who are these migrants, where did they live in the winter and what is their final destination? Chuck will explore a variety of examples. He will also describe some of his experiences with eBird, a website that allows citizen scientists around the world to identify and count the birds they see and hear, and contribute their information to a single database. Chuck is an Arboretum volunteer steward, serves on the Arboretum Board of Visitors and started year-round bird walks in the Arboretum in 2015 that continue to the present.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 12–1:15 p.m.
Managing Wisconsin Water Resources: Past, Present, and Future – Carl Sinderbrand and Paul Kent

Water is one of those resources we often take for granted here in Wisconsin. Unlike Western states, which often face water constraints and shortages, we often have too much water. Yet there are uses of water in Wisconsin, especially groundwater, that are not sustainable in terms of both quantity and quality. Our water resources and the law governing the use of water have shaped the development of our state. Today we must think about managing both water quantity and water quality issues for a sustainable future. This talk will review the basics of Wisconsin water law, its history, the need for effective regulations, and the challenges that lie ahead for managing water quality and quantity for both surface water and groundwater resources. Carl Sinderbrand and Paul Kent are attorneys in the Madison area who have been personally involved in some of the key legislative and judicial decisions on water law in Wisconsin. They are also on the Friends of the Arboretum board.

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