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MARCH 18-19, 2023

Columbus Botanical Garden - Naturalist Symposium

Naturalist Symposium - Saturday, March 18th, 1:00-6:00pm (Gates open at 12:30pm)
Bird Watching Tour - Sunday, March 19th, 6:30am-9:00am
Kids Day - Sunday, March 19th, 2:00-5:00pm

At the Columbus Botanical Garden our goal is to celebrate the beauty, inspiration, and wonder of the natural world while educating current and future stewards of its care. Our annual CBG Naturalist Symposium intends to accomplish this by instilling a sense of curiosity and igniting a love of the natural world in the surrounding community. This year's event will celebrate the native plants, animals, and habitats that make our region ecologically unique and indispensable. 

We invite the community to join us in a weekend-long celebration of our unique corner of the world, starting with a line-up of speakers educating audiences on the important role that native species play in conservation. Another exciting opportunity will give attendees of all experience levels the opportunity to learn in nature, as they traverse local terrain in search of native birds on our morning birdwatching tours.  This nature-themed celebration culminates in an event for all ages, with our Kids Day extravaganza, filled with live animal programs and hands-on learning opportunities. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Columbus Botanical Garden Naturalist Symposium for a weekend of nature, learning, and fun.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER, DOUG TALLAMY!

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 111 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature HomeThe Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award.  In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.
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Speaker, Bryn Pipes: Wildflowers of the Longleaf Pine Understory

Bryn Pipes is the Chattahoochee Fall Line Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy of Georgia. A native of the west-central Georgia sandhills, he has also worked in natural resource management for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Southeast Georgia and a non-profit organization in Peninsular Florida focused on prescribed burning assistance and ecosystem restoration. He graduated from Columbus State University, participated in CSU's Oxford Visiting Student Program while there, and taught ESL classes at the school before finding his true professional passion. When not setting the woods on fire, you can usually find Bryn wandering around public lands looking for plants and snakes or watching one of his favorite sports teams lose.

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Speaker, Shan Cammack: Burning for Biodiversity

Shan Cammack grew up in rural KY.  She graduated with a BA in English from the finest liberal arts school in the state, Centre College. She earned her MS in botany at UGA studying tropical forest regeneration in Puerto Rico.  She has worked for the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division since 1997. She is a Wildlife Biologist III for the Wildlife Conservation Section, focusing on restoring rare species habitat through prescribed burning. She also serves as the Fire Management Officer, coordinating fire training for the DNR. Shan serves on the Steering Committee for the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council and the Interagency Burn Team. Her most recent endeavors include dabbling in outreach, helping The Longleaf Alliance produce several short videos. Shan is a friend of Burner Bob.

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Speaker, Linda May: Wildlife of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem 

Linda May is an outreach coordinator for the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, serving for almost three decades. She teaches diverse audiences about our state’s amazing wildlife, as well as the plants that make up their habitats. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Section of GA DNR, she fosters awareness of and appreciation for nongame wildlife – the 95% of creatures in Georgia that are not fished for, hunted or trapped. Wildlife like frogs, gopher tortoises, snakes and songbirds play important ecological roles as well as bring us delight. Through environmental education, she empowers others to help conserve rare species and keep common species common.


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at Standing Boy Trails, Experienced and Beginner Tours Available

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EXPERIENCED BIRD WATCHING TOUR WITH DR. GEOFF HILL

Dr. Hill is trained as an evolutionary and behavioral ecologist; he leads an integrative research program investigating the function and evolution of animal ornamentation. He has been a professor at Auburn University for 27 years and holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan. His current research interest is the co-adaptation and co-evolution of mitonuclear elements within eukaryotes.

Dr. Hill has shown a dedication and passion for teaching others about the wonders of ornithology, nature, and science. He is instilling a love of birds, science, nature, and research in his students, colleagues, and communities near and far. Dr. Hill has published six books, written over 270 peer-reviewed articles, and has given presentations and keynote addresses to audiences worldwide. His contributions to science through his research are many. 

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BEGINNER BIRD WATCHING TOUR WITH SONYA AUER

Sonya Auer is an integrative biologist with a keen interest in the ecology and evolution of energetics.
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Six stations will be set-up throughout the Garden to help kids engage with nature and learn more about the environment. You and your children can move from station to station and enjoy the activities at your leisure. Some stations have start times, but you are free to come and go as you please. We will even have live animals from Oxbow Meadows and the Auburn Raptor Center!

Sunday, March 19th, 2:00-5:00pm

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School Bus Fundraiser

This Spring, we are launching our new School Bus Fundraiser! One of the biggest obstacles faced by local schools is the funding needed for transportation. Your contribution to the School Bus Fund will aid in providing transportation for local school children to come to the Garden to experience and learn about the wonders of the natural world.