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Throughout the year, the Burke plays host to authors, visiting professors, scientists, and other fascinating speakers.

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Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot

Wed., May 7, 2014 | 7 pm

Ginkgo is a botanical oddity that has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. It is beloved for its leaves, prized for its edible nuts and revered for its longevity. Professor Sir Peter Crane, FRS, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will talk about the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

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Co-Existing with Cougars

Sat., June 7, 2014 | 1 pm

Join Paula Wild, author of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous, for a presentation about our evolving relationship with the cougar, an enigmatic predator and a valuable member of our natural environment.