Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania

BSWP Meetings

The Society meets monthly from September through June on every second Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. See directions, below.

November 11, 2019 Meeting • 7:15 p.m.

Chris Tracey, an ecologist and Conservation Planning Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, will speak about:
Guiding Plant Conservation: Development of Plant Recovery Plans for Five At-Risk Species in Pennsylvania.

This talk will present a summary of five Plant Recovery Plans recently completed by PNHP. These recovery plans were developed for White monkshood (Aconitum reclinatum), Marguerite’s club-moss (Lycopodiella margueritae), Canby’s mountain-lover (Paxistima canbyi), Bayard’s malaxis (Malaxis bayardii), and Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium vanbruntiae). All of these species are Pennsylvania Endangered and are considered globally at-risk (NatureServe Conservation status of G1to G3) and all have immediate conservation needs (e.g., habitat loss, habitat alteration, invasive species, herbivory, loss of genetic diversity) that are not being addressed. These recovery plans specify what research and management actions are necessary to support stabilization and recovery. The completed recovery plans from this project will be used in setting funding priorities and to provide direction to conservation efforts. These tools provide a framework and decision support for land managers to guide the recovery effort.

December 9, 2019 Holiday Party • 7:15 p.m.

Directions to Ford Mateer Classroom of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History:

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 $6, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum and along Craig Street that are free after 6 p.m. 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. 

If you do not park in the Museum’s lot, from Forbes Avenue, walk along the right side of the parking toll 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. 

Directions to the Carnegie Museum

BSWP Field Trips

Registration for Botanical Society field trips is not required. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time. For questions, call the field trip leader or Loree Speedy at 724-872-5232/home; 724-518-6022/cell or

All members are invited to provide their e-mail addresses to receive information and periodic updates of additional field trips scheduled throughout the year. Please send an e-mail to if you are not on the list.