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Bartram Trail Conference 2007 Biennial Meeting

Spanish Fort, Alabama
October 26-28, 2007

Saturday, October 25. 

8:30 a.m–4:30 p.m Five Rivers Conference Center: “William Bartram in West Florida”

 8:30–9:00 Registration Continues

 9:00–9:15 Opening Remarks:
Kathryn H. Braund, President of the Bartram Trail Conference

 9:15–9:45 The Colony of West Florida in Maps
Dr. Greg Waselkov, University of South Alabama

 9:45–10:15 William Bartram: A Life in Letters
Dr. Thomas Hallock, University of South Florida

 10:15–10:30 Coffee and Refreshment Break10:30–11:00 William Bartram’s Plants and the Challenge of Nomenclature
John Hall, University of Alabama

 11:00–11:30 Bartram’s Evening Primrose
Joel Fry, Curator, John Bartram House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 1:30–12:00 What I Learned by Following William Bartram across the South and into the Tensaw
Dr. James Kautz

 12:00–1:00 Lunch provided by Bartram Trail Conference

1:00 Bus Tour: We’ll travel by bus to the Weeks Bay Estuarine Research Reserve where we’ll learn about the site and its missions, view exhibits, stroll the elevated boardwalk, and view a native pitcher plant bog and other wonders. We then depart from Weeks Bay for Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, where we will enjoy looking for the migrating sea and shore birds. There are a number of trails to explore in this marvelous gulf coast setting. We’ll finish up with wine and light refreshments before heading back to the Five Rivers Center. We also plan to view the evening primrose growing in its natural habitat along the way.

Saturday Night Dinner  On your own. You might try The Camellia Café in Daphne, whose roasted pork chop with garlic grits & green tomato chutney is one of the “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die.” Or head over to the Blue Gill Restaurant on the causeway at Spanish Fort for seafood and music too. Directions for local restaurants will be available in conference registration packet.

Sunday, October 26

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Canoe on the Tensaw. Assemble at the Five Rivers Center. The BTC will provide canoes or bring their own. Naturalists and historians will discuss the history and natural wonders of the delta. BTC will provide refreshments and lunch. Our exact route along the William Bartram Canoe Trail will be determined in mid-October and will depend on water levels. The route will be suitable for all skill levels.

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