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Update April 2019  KSNH News and Events

We are in the process of bringing back the Kentucky Society of Natural History. We have one nominee for the very important position of President, Stephen Richter, who is a Professor of Biology at Eastern Kentucky University, but we need more volunteers to fill our Executive Board.  We still need to fill the permanent position for treasurer for a two year term.  Please consider volunteering for this important position.

The mission of the Society as stated in the Articles of Incorporation is: 
A.     To promote study and interest in natural history and related branches of science. 
B.      To encourage research in the field, in the laboratory, and through books, periodicals, monographs and other literature. 
C.      To disseminate knowledge of the phenomena of natural history to the membership and to the public. 
D.     To publish and distribute the results of studies and research in natural history and allied fields. 
E.     To conduct educational institutes, lectures, photographic displays, moving pictures, and to 
use other appropriate means to the end that our natural resources, animate and inanimate,            
be conserved and that wiser use be made of them for the general good of human society. 

Click Here to enter the Survey.

Officers shall be elected via e-mail survey in a couple  of weeks and shall serve for two years or until an election can be held. The performance and conduct of any Board Member is subject to review by the Board of Directors.
 The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall be responsible for all monetary assets of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and shall keep a full and accurate record of all financial transactions of the Kentucky Society of Natural History. The Treasurer shall give a monthly report on the current financial status of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and of special fund-raising activities. The Treasurer shall keep the membership list current with the help of the Secretary and shall handle all financial correspondence. The Treasurer shall file the Kentucky Society of Natural History Annual Verification Report with the Kentucky Secretary of State no later than June 30 of each year. The Treasurer shall perform any other duties as may be properly required by the President or the Board of Directors.
We started out with the help of U of L professors, and when I joined we had a little over 500 members.  Those were the days.  With your help we may the opportunity to revive those days.  Thanks so much for being there for us.

Since the Wildflower Weekend falls on Easter, some of our members have opted to attend Black Mountain Weekend instead.
Black Mountain Weekend

  • Friday, May 10, 20196:00 PM 
    Sunday, May 12, 20191:00 PM

Join us May 10-12 as we celebrate the unique and important ecosystem of Black Mountain. As the highest point in Kentucky, this mountain is home to many rare species of wildflowers including painted trillium, rosy twisted stalk, purple fringed orchid, and Kentucky's largest population of Turk's cap Lilly. In addition, Black Mountain is home to several species of rare birds, mammals, and insects. 

Cost is $225 for an adult and $125 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge for children ages 5 years and under.

Lodging is provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors may stay in dormitory or cottage-style housing. Bathrooms are shared. Single rooms available upon request.

Meals are provided from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Homegrown vegetables are served as much as possible. Vegetarians options are available with advance notice.

To reserve your spot click the link below, call 606-558-3571, or email
Black Mountain Weekend Registration
from 125.00


Here's some food for thought written by Dr. James Conkin, former professor at U of L, some years ago about KSNH.

The Kentucky Society of Natural History was, in a real sense, a training
ground for future scientists. Several of the youngsters who "came out" of the
KSNH became scientists in later years. My best friend then, Jimmy Arnold,
later became a University of California Ph.D. in entomology and later
professor at Wayne State and the Cancer Institute in Detroit, as an example.
While a student at the University of Louisville, I was vice-president of the
Geology Section of the KSNH, and later when I returned to teach at
Louisville, I was ultimately vice-president for geology and president. In later
years, I gradually dropped out of the KSNH but still acknowledged its great
value in promoting science and natural history studies in general and its
nurturing of budding scientists.
All humans are flawed, however, and I must confess that my reluctance to
continue with the KSNH was mostly the result of a conflict with another
member whom I, rightly or wrongly, considered had done me an injury. It
was mean-spirited of me and I admit I should have stayed the course and
done more for the society rather than to have "run away*' in anger because of
my dislike for an individual member. General neglect of the KSNH by
professionals has brought the society to a low ebb; particularly absent is a
cadre of young science students who formerly populated the society.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
......please keep us informed about any address or email changes.

Berl Meyer

e-newsletter editor
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