Grass & Sedge Workshops
We provide workshops that include classroom training using interactive power point presentations and magnified specimens. The classroom training stresses differences between families, tribes and major genera based on classification and morphological features.
For all plants reviewed we explain how to use various taxonomic keys and utilize these to determine species level identification of live and pressed specimens. As much as possible our emphasis is focused on vegetative characteristics. We emphasize differences between exotic and native look-a-like species. We encourage and highlight important botanical terminology necessary for successful use of keys along with a glossary that is provided to assist in identification. Reference collections will be available for review and keys specific for each class developed by the instructor will be provided to the students.
The field identification portion of the class will take place in several community types. A listing of plant species including the four state and federal indicator category classes will be provided in advance. The participant will use techniques learned in the classroom to identify plants under the guidance of the instructor. Participants will learn the most commonly encountered indicator plants for the region including common, rare, invasive and exotic species that are important in wetland delineation, restoration and habitat management.
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