Odyssey: Blooms of Spring: Wildflowers and Pollinators

Lectures and field study

A highlight of the season for nature enthusiasts is the return of our colorful spring wildflowers. This, along with emergence of many showy butterflies, beetles, bees, and other pollinators, signals the start of an extremely vibrant season that changes daily. Take an in-depth look at the ecology of bluebells, trilliums, Dutchman's breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpits, bloodroots, bumblebees, and many other creatures. Learn about their unique physical and behavioral adaptations, their survival strategies, challenges, and the intriguing relationships among these organisms. The course will include identification tips as well as some of the surprising past uses and beliefs that humans once held about these living things. Two classroom sessions and a walk along the scenic river valley of the Gunpowder Falls will offer plenty of opportunities to explore other signs of the season including bird songs, flowering trees, ferns, and more.

914.529.01 Homewood campus Lectures are Thursday, May 2 & 9, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; field study is Saturday, May 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Gunpowder River, rain or shine) Cost: $99 (three sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516.