A grassroots movement towards orchid conservation


Conservation Speakers for Orchid Societies

(3 speakers)
Details and arrangements can be worked out by e-mailing the speaker.

Jean Stefanik, Manchester, NH; email: jmsgofind@aol.co 
Jean is available to Orchid Societies on a variety of topics including Native Orchids, Ecuador, Florida, New Zealand, Conservation, Orchid Displays & Judging; and to Garden Clubs "Orchids All Around Us", a combination of native orchids, conservation, and culture demonstration.  The talk on conservation details the issues with my photo examples from around the world, and also goes through the major conservation groups,  including 1%FOC,  and emphasizes that each has a different focus.  Doing SOMETHING, both locally and globally, is better than nothing!I also give a handout listing websites to check out.
Available weekdays, weekends, both daytime and evening

Jean is an Educator and Naturalist, semi-retired, whose interests include orchids, native habitats, and conservation.  She has traveled extensively worldwide, eco-volunteering and often presenting talks to groups.  She is a member of, and volunteer for the American Orchid Society,  and serve the New Hampshire Orchid Society as Conservation and Education Chairperson, and a member of the North American Native Orchid Conference.

ptobias.jpgDr. Peter Tobias, San Diego, CA, email: peter@orchidconservationalliance.org
Peter begins his talk outlining the three major orchid conservation organizations and there relationship to each other.  The main part of his talk is about the Orchid Conservation Alliance. It's activities and goals for orchid conservation.

Dr. Peter Tobias is Professor of Immunology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.  He was the first chairman of the San Diego County Orchid Society's Conservation Committee.  He left that position in 2005 to found the Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA).  The OCA is an American non-profit corporation with the mission of raising funds from orchid enthusiasts to preserve wild orchid habitat.

Andy in FieldDr. Andy Huber,  La Grande, OR , email:ahuber@eou.edu
Andy's slide show is about his work on Grande Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration (GROWISER). His approach is to try an understand and grow the whole ecosystem with orchids as the indicator plants to the health of the ecosystem. A farmer's approach to instead of growing agricultural crops, growing and
restoring nature.
Photo by Sarah West
The Observer, La Grande, Oregon newspaper article "GROWISER: The Wild Garden"

Dr. Andy Huber is a a crop and soil science associate professor with the Oregon State University Agriculture Program at Eastern, LaGrande, OR and founder of Grande Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration (GROWISER).