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Local Audubon Society welcomes TDEC biologists to February meeting

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Biologists Sunny Fleming and Andrea Bishop from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) have been invited by the local chapter of the Audubon Society to present on the rare plants of Tennessee.

Bishop is the recovery biologist for the state of Tennessee, Division of Natural Areas. Her early career as an archaeologist for TDOT allowed her to study sites all across Tennessee. However, her interest in plants began during her graduate studies at University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she studied paleobotany.

She later picked her plant interests back up again as a biologist for the state of Tennessee and is now responsible for the protection and recovery of federally listed plant species in her home state. She has also worked as a biologist in Florida where she was often found dodging rattlesnakes hiding in Gopher Tortoise burrows.

She is on the board of Tennessee’s Exotic Pest Plant Council and is also a member of the Tennessee Rare Plant Advisory Committee. She loves to share her passion for nature with her friends and family, including her two granddaughters.

Sunny Fleming is a heritage biologist for the state of Tennessee, Division of Natural Areas. She grew up in Franklin, where her love for the outdoors began. Her research interests took her to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she graduated with a degree in ecology.

Fleming’s work experience ranges from her time spent as a biology intern at AEDC to rare plant research in the Ocoee River Gorge, as well as ecological work in Madagascar with a team of primatologists. Her current work focuses on the recovery of federally listed plant species in Tennessee and rare communities.

Their presentation is scheduled for Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. following the 6 p.m. business meeting and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the County Building, located at 241 Main St., Lynchburg, Suite 105.

Everyone is invited to this presentation.