Calypso program February 27

“Ferns of North Idaho,” presented by Derek Antonelli, Idaho Native Plant Society, Calypso Chapter. This program will be a live webinar, co-sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks & Recreation. Webinar will be presented February 27, 10 am Pacific Time.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of Derek via Chat. It will also be recorded for later viewing on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s YouTube Channel. 

About the speaker: Derek Antonelli (a retired US Air Force officer) is the president of the Calypso Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society (INPS) serving the Coeur d’ Alene area. He leads the North Idaho Rare Plant Working Group for INPS. Derek is a charter member of the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program serving the Sandpoint area. He is an amateur botanist who has been studying and collecting plants for 40 years.

About Derek’s presentation: Ferns are a fascinating and diverse group of plants. In many ways they are very much like the flowering plants we are all so familiar with, but they have some striking differences. Derek Antonelli with the Idaho Native Plant Society will cover the natural history of this group of plants and describe anatomical features that make the group special. This knowledge will make identifying ferns a whole lot easier. Northern Idaho, with its higher levels of precipitation, has the highest diversity of fern in the state. Derek will show photos of a number of these ferns and fern allies.