“Hard Maples, Hard Times” will be presented by Paul Hetzler, horticulture and natural resources educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
Known as “Wáhtha” to the Kanien’kéha, or Mohawks; “senomozi” to the Western Abenaki; “Acer saccharum” to botany nerds; and “sugar maple” to most English-speaking folk, this long-lived tree is important as an icon, in industry, and, ecologically, as a keystone species. Unfortunately, new findings in 2017 suggest it may be in more trouble in parts of northern New York State than elsewhere in its range.
Join Hetzler as he outlines the problem, suggests probable causes and discusses how citizen science projects might provide valuable data in the future. Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.
Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.