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Naturalist Night: Absent Factors (Ecological Anachronisms)

Have you ever wondered why honey locust trees have such intimidating clusters of immense thorns? Other plant species also exhibit adaptations that appear to be over-engineered in terms of current environmental conditions; yet nature is inherently conservative, with nothing seeming to go to waste. So how do we explain such mysteries?

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Earlier Event: March 17
Species Spotlight: Bats
Later Event: March 24
Species Spotlight: Butterflies