Date(s) - 21/Jan/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
🌿Wildflowers of Turkey – Bengül Kurtar
Turkey is located in an area where three continents (Europe, Asia & Africa) converge, making it a key location for global biodiversity conservation. In addition to its unique location, the country has complex topography and geomorphology, and these geographical features account for a great variety of habitats and species and exceptionally rich floral diversity. There are currently ~11,000 plant species recorded, of which ~3,000 of them are endemic. New plant species are still being discovered in Turkey at a rate of more than one a week.
Bengül will take us through two different mountain ranges, plus a small ‘biodiversity hotspot’, all located in the ‘Asian’ or ‘Anatolian’ region which makes up 97% of Turkey’s area. The first mountain range is Aladaglar, a National Park located in Niğde province in south-central Anatolia. The name “Ala-Daglar” (Crimson-Mountains) comes from the colour of its hills in the sunset. The second range, the Karçal mountains, are located in north-eastern Turkey near the border with Georgia. Cradled within these mountains are the varied ecosystems of the Camili Basin—now designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Biodiversity hotspots are areas of global priority for conservation due to their species richness, ratio of endemism and high risk of destruction due to human activity. Kazdagi (Mount Ida) National Park in north-western Anatolia is one such spot, and Bengül will introduce us to some of the 800 plant taxa recorded for this beautiful but threatened area.
An active member of Nature Vancouver, Bengül Kurtar is a native of Turkey now resident in BC. A local and global adventurer, Bengül returns often to her homeland to explore and record its beautiful natural areas. Her keen botanical eye, photographic skills, and firsthand knowledge of Turkey make this an evening not to be missed.
More of Bengül’s photo can be seen at flickr.com/photos/benrose/albums
This presentation will be aired via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the weekly e-News. To join the talk on Thursday, click on that link after 7:15 pm. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm. Non-members are welcome and should Email denis@NatureVancouver.ca well in advance to register for the link.