KVAS Speaker Series – Chris Benda

November 21, 2019

One of Illinois rising botany stars, Chris Benda, will present slides of many, beautiful flowering plants from our area.   He will also present in which habitats to find some of these gems, and will discuss the role of non-native and invasive plants in the future existence of Southern Illinois’ rare plants.  Chris is a botanist and past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society. A native of Minnesota, Chris moved to Illinois from California in 2004 and received a Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2007.  He was a regional ecologist for the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Up date in southern Illinois from 2008-2012. Chris teaches the Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University in the summer and a variety of classes at Northern Illinois’ Morton Arboretum.  He is an accomplished photographer and author of several publications about natural area in Illinois. He is known as Illinois Botanizer and can be reached by email at botanizer@gmail.com 

Other events taking place this fall and winter

December 7 – Annual meeting, Election of officers and Christmas Party 

To get an accurate meal count, please RSVP by December 3.

Following the meal will be a short business meeting including a discussion of chapter leadership for 2020.  Members may also pay 2020 dues at the meeting.

The buffet dinner preliminary plans are for:

  • Fried chicken and roast beef
  • Vegetable lasagna
  • Roasted red potatoes with artichokes & feta
  • Green beans
  • House salad
  • Rolls
  • Coffee and iced tea
  • Please bring your own adult beverages.

Cost should be about $10.00 per plate.  Payment is due the evening of the party.  We do ask if you reserve a plate, please make sure you reimburse KVAS.

We will be looking for a few homemade desserts (ideas:  cheesecake, cookies, cake/bars) to finish off the meal.  Please let Susan know if you will be attending and if you can bring a dessert to share – home phone (618) 282-2914, cell phone (618) 978-1470, e-mail harbaugh@htc.net – by December 3.

● Directions to 1204 Raymond Drive, Red Bud –

1) from Waterloo and points beyond:  as you enter Red Bud, watch for Construction Supply (lumber yard) and just past that, make a right on Country Club, then just inside the subdivision, make a right on Raymond.  The house is at the corner of Raymond and Clarence.  Please enter via the front door.

2) from Hecker, Baldwin, Ruma and points beyond – at the four way stop in downtown Red Bud, choose Route 3 west (heading toward Waterloo) and proceed 0.9 of a mile.  Watch for Clarence, then after that will be Country Club.  Make a left onto Country Club, then just inside the subdivision, make a right on Raymond.  The house is at the corner of Raymond and Clarence.  Please enter via the front door.

December 21 – Christmas Bird Count, Kaskaskia River bottoms, Baldwin Lake, Peabody Fish and Wildlife Area.

 

New Improved KVAS Website

KVAS welcomes in 2017 with a new and improved website to serve our members and further our mission to promote the conservation of natural habitats.  Look for more great content to be added soon!