Thirteen participants attended this popular field class taught by botanist Janet Marr. The class had both amateur naturalists and professional field botonists and field ecologists attending. The workshop visited the Bete Grise Preserve and other sites in Keweenaw County.
Workshop activities will took place mostly out-of-doors. Visits were made to local wetlands including swamp forests, shrub thickets, and more open community types such as marshes and fens. Native wetland plant species, including more difficult groups (sedges, grasses, rushes, aster relatives), were identified. Selected non-native invasive wetland species were also identified. Characteristics of selected plant families were discussed, botanical terms were defined, dichotomous keys were used when appropriate, and wetland community types were described.
Next summer Janet will offer an Aquatic Plant workshop on August 24th and 25th. Registration will open in March of 2013.
Adrienne Bozic received a Janet Avery Scholarship to attend GLC’s Wetland Plant Workshop held in August. Adrienne is the Upper Peninsula Stewardship Organizer for the Michigan Nature Association (MNA). In this capacity she leads field trips and monitors rare and invasive species on MNA properties. The workshop served as a refresher course to aid in her work which includes nature sanctuaries in the Keweenaw.
Adrienne is pictured here examining bog plants at the Bete Grise Preserve.
Horned Bladderwort, Utricularia cornuta
Bladderwort Image courtesy of USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the Northern States and Canada. Vol. 3: 232.