26 March 2014

Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Stone House Dedication



On November 4, 2013, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place for the Sally & Butch Michel Center for Parks & People and the restored stone house in Druid Hill Park was dedicated to the community. 

Named for the Parks & People Foundation’s Founder Emeritus, Sally Michel and her husband, the building will seek LEED Platinum certification.  The 10,000 square foot building will include a green roof, an education and ecology classroom, community meeting rooms and house the offices of Parks & People.

For additional information and links:


BES Webinar 1 April Metacommunity Theory



Here is the link to join the online meeting on Tuesday 1 April at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

The meeting will be hosted by Chris Swan and we will be discussing metacommunity theory.  It is the third such meeting, in webinar format, intended to help us prepare for the renewal proposal, particularly by ensuring the links to theory in BES research are clear.

Chapter 8 in Scheiner and Willig will be part of the discussion.  Leibold, M. A. 2011. The metacommunity concept and its theoretical underpinnings. Pages 163-183 in S. M. Scheiner and M. R. Willig, editors. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 

Instructions for joining the meeting:

BES Webinar Session 3: Metacommunity Theory - Tuesday 1 April

1. Join the meeting: 

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. 
Or, call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (786) 358-5420
Access Code: 895-083-157
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID:895-083-157

Urban Ecology: The Path to Sustainable Cities



Steward Pickett’s talk at the Cary Institute, “Urban Ecology: The Path to Sustainable Cities,” is available to view online:


Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Steward Pickett discusses how urban ecology can make our cities greener, cleaner, and healthier for all.  He provides insight into challenges facing today's cities, urban ecology success stories, and what individuals can do to help.  Topics covered include urban and green design, community engagement, and the need for an urban land ethic.

BES All Project Quarterly Meeting 8 April - Agenda - Homework - RSVP



Hi All,
The Agenda for our meeting is posted below.  The topic is Discussing Theory as a Path to BES IV.

Homework:
In preparation for the meeting here are the articles / chapters that you would want to read / review prior to the meeting.


Theory of Urban Heterogeneity
1. Cadenasso, M.L., E.J. Rosi-Marshall, S.T.A. Pickett, et al. TBD.  A Theory of Urban Heterogeneity: A Framework to Promote Integration and Hypothesis Generation for BES IV. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx-QKDoShVRkZFBnTGwwWHBEX28/edit?usp=sharing

Structure and Use of Ecological Theory
2.  Kolasa, J. 2011. Theory makes ecology evolve. Pages 21-49 in S. M. Scheiner and M. R. Willig, editors. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

3. Scheiner, S. M. and M. R. Willig. 2011. A general theory of ecology. Pages 3-18 in S. M. Scheiner and M. R. Willig, editors. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 

Metacommunity Theory
4. Leibold, M. A. 2011. The metacommunity concept and its theoretical underpinnings. Pages 163-183 in S. M. Scheiner and M. R. Willig, editors. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 

5. Swan, C. M., S. T. A. Pickett, K. Szlavecz, P. Warren, and K. T. Willey. 2011. Biodiversity and community composition in urban ecosystems: coupled human, spatial, and metacommunity processes. Pages 179-186 in J. Niemela, editor. Handbook of Urban Ecology. Oxford University Press, New York.

The River Continuum and the Urban Watershed Continuum
6. Kaushal, S.S., K.T. Belt. 2012. The urban watershed continuum: evolving spatial and temporal dimensions. Urban Ecosystems. 15:409-435. doi:10.1007/s11252-012-0226-7.

7. Vannote, R. L., G. W. Minshall, K. W. Cummins, J. R. Sedell, and C. E. Cushing. 1980. The river continuum concept. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37:130-137.  http://beslter.org/internal/webinar/Vannote1980-CJFAS-RiverContinuumConcept-R0715.pdf

Here is a link to Project Director Steward Pickett’s post with additional detail about the meeting—including worksheets that will be used at the meeting and links to previous webinars.

Join the Meeting In Person or on the Web
The planning for the BES IV proposal has begun, and your contributions to that are crucial.  Be there or be square!  If you cannot attend the 8 April 2014 meeting in person, we encourage you to join via Go-To-Meeting.  The link to start the day at 9:00 a.m. is here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/716973005  (To break the meeting recording into manageable chunks, we will generate separate links for the time periods after 10:30 a.m. EDT on that day.)


Please RSVP to Project Facilitator Holly Beyar beyarh@caryinstitute.org indicating whether you are attending in person or via Go-To-Meeting.

Again, prior to the meeting please review Steward’s Director’s Blog Post as well as the documents at the links above

Agenda
Meeting location: TRC Room 206
Technology Research Center, UMBC campus
5200 Westland Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21227

8:30 am Coffee and welcome

9-9:15 am Overview of goals for the day and brief overview of the essay (See citation no. 1, above)

9:15-10 am Discussion of homework assignments

10-10:15 am Specific charge to the breakout groups

10:30-12 pm Breakout group session 1

Noon-1:30 pm Lunch on your own/with breakout groups

1:30-2:00 pm Report back from breakout groups

2:00-3:30 pm Breakout group session 2 “Mixing it up”

3:30-4:30 pm Report back from breakout groups and final thoughts