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Comanche Peak Prairie Clover program

August 1, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/11/2011 - 7:00pm

Sam Kieschnick, a 2000 graduate of Aledo High School, will present a program about Comanche Peak Prairie Clover at the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is only found in Parker, Hood, and Wise counties and no other place on this planet. Julien Reverchon first collected this member of the pea family in 1882 from "the rocky top of Comanche Peak." Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is a low, spreading perennial, which appears as a dense, mat-forming rosette up to 16 inches in diameter with numerous thick, three-inch long spikes of rose-pink to magenta-purple flowers that bloom from May through June.

Kieschnick graduated from Tarleton State University with a masters degree in biology; he studied the population genetics of Baird’s pocket gophers (Geomysbreviceps) using the molecular technique of AFLP. He taught general biology, zoology, and botany at Weatherford College as an adjunct instructor. He is passionate about conservation, insect and plant interactions, phylogeny of living organisms, and all things biology.

In the summer of 2005, he volunteered at BRIT as a plant specimen filer to help with his memorization of plant families for a plant taxonomy course. Since then, he has been extremely interested in plant systematics (as well as the taxonomy of all living organisms). Kieschnick joined the BRIT staff on Jan. 1, 2010 as Herbarium Collections Assistant. He is now the Assistant Collections Manager and his main duties involve coordinating herbarium volunteer activities, dealing with specimen loans, and other curatorial duties. He hopes to work more with conservation in the future.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of NPSOT meets the second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. The chapter business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social at 6:45 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. The mission of NPSOT is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example. For more information, call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567. The public is welcome.

Sports Calendar

Monday, February 15

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at AHS; 7:30 p.m.

  • AHS JV Ladycats vs. Burleson at AHS; 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16

  • AHS at Cleburne;

    Varsity- 6:30 p.m.

    JV- 5 p.m.

    9th A- 5 p.m.

  • AHS JV at South Hills JV Tournament at McLeland; all day

  • AHS at South Grand Prairie Scrimmage;

    JV 4:30 p.m.

    Freshman- 7 p.m.

  • AHS Ladycats at Mansfield Summit;

    Varsity- 7 p.m.

    JV- 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. South Grand Prarie at AHS Scrimmage; 4:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats vs. Cleburne at AHS; 6 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Cleburne at AHS; 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 18

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats at Mansfield Tournament; times TBA

Friday, February 19

  • AHS Varsity at Byron Nelson HS Tournament; All day

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats vs. Joshua at AHS; 6 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Joshua at AHS; 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, February 20

  • AHS Varsity vs. Abilene/Weatherford Scrimmage at Weatherford; times TBA

  • AHS vs. Weatherford Scrimmage at AHS;

    JV- 3 p.m.

    Freshman- 12 p.m.

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