Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location

September 2014 through June 2015, BSWP meetings
will be held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. 

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $5, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead.

May 11, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.

Bonnie and Joe Isaac will introduce us to “Plants of the Cayman Islands.”

Bonnie received her BS and MS from Youngstown State University in Ohio (YSU).  She also receiveda Diploma in Herbarium Techniques from Kew Royal Botanical Garden in England. Bonnie has been employed in the Carnegie Museum’s herbarium since 1989 and currently is the Collection Manager of Botany. Bonnie contributed “The Society and the Museum” article to the 2014 3rd quarter issue of Wildflowers. Her major interests are studying the flora of Pennsylvania and the ecology and phytogeography of rare and endangered plants. She enjoys hunting, kayaking, and travel with her husband Joe.

Joe Isaac, a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, has aspired to be an occupational student in occupations that include urban forester, herbarium technician for YUO and CM, Limited Service Faculty member (YSU), and self-employed field botanist/consultant. He also worked as a subcontractor and field botanist for the WPC and Carnegie Museum (Section of Botany and Section of Herpetology). The regions of his field work include Bedford, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Greene, McKean, and Washington Counties in Pennsylvania, but never botanized a county he didn’t find interesting. Joe enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including botanical excursions, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and gardening. Currently he is employed as a botanical consultant (Project Manager) at Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc.

June 8, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.

Phyllis Monk will present “Subarctic and Montane Wildflowers of Western America.” This program features some of the curious plants Phyllis photographed on backpacking trips in years past. She will acquaint us with beautiful plants that one rarely sees because of their challenging habitats in the mountains.
Phyllis joined the Society in 1969 at the invitation of Betty Bates. She has served BSWP as Secretary and Vice-President. A contributor to the Society’s book, Wildflowers of Pennsylvania, she prepared the page formats and most of the text, the dedication, the forward, the drawings, the glossaries, and contributed a number of photographs for this book. Phyllis received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught Biology and Chemistry at three South Hills high schools and is now retired.

BSWP Field Trips

More Details to Follow

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Butler-Freeport Trail, Monroe Road, Butler County, Dianne Machesney  Cell: 412-523-0368

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Roaring Run, Armstrong County
100 year anniversary of BSWP hike!
Loree Speedy:

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Hike at Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County, Mary Ann Pike

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Tour of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden by Kitty Vagley. This is a special tour for members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania. All attendees will be treated to a tour and a complimentary one-year membership to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden courtesy of donor Bill Lawrence!

International Symposium: Understanding the impacts of disturbance and salvaging on forest regeneration and sustainability

Powdermill Nature Reserve
Ligonier, PA

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31, 2015

This international symposium on the impacts of disturbance and salvage logging in forest ecosystems will be held at the Powdermill Nature Reserve, Pennsylvania. The meeting will bring together leading international disturbance and salvage logging research teams and forest managers to share their experiences on the ecological and economic costs and benefits from a diverse set of forest biomes and disturbances in North America, Europe, and Asia.

To learn more details about the event, including a list of international speakers lodging options and contact persons, download the full symposium PDF document.

Space is limited, so register soon at