Botanical Workshops

Botanical Workshops

 

August Sedge, Grass and Rush Workshop

August 20-23, 2019

Description:  This is the sixth time that this class will be offered.  The last several years we observed over 100 graminoid species.  About 35 percent sedges, 55% grasses and 10 percent rushes.  The sedge genera are primarily non-Carex (e.g. Scirpus, Eleocharis, Cladium, Rhynchospora, Cyperus, Scleria).  Much of this class is focused on differentiating (keying) species within the genus Carex. We will explore the vast wet prairies, sand barrens and clay flat woods to find a great diversity of sedges in Toledo, Ohio.

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Past Classes:

 June Sedge, Grass and Rush Workshop

June 13-16, 2017   (Next Class June 2020)

Description:  This is the eighth year that this class has been offered.  The last several years we observed over 80 sedge species plus an additional 10-20 species of rushes and grasses.  Much of this class is focused on differentiating (keying) species within the genus Carex. We will explore the vast wet prairies, sand barrens and clay flat woods to find a great diversity of sedges. 

 

Composite Workshop 

September 13 - 16, 2016 

This will be the 4th year of teaching the Composite Workshop.  Similar to the graminoid workshops, the mornings will be in the field, seeing the species in their natural habitat;  the afternoons will be used to dissect and key different 'species unknowns' from other parts of the state. This exposes you to more than just the regional species of NW Ohio and SE Michigan.  Due to the timing of the workshop, we will be examining many individuals of genus Solidago and former genus Aster.  The most updated taxonomy is used.  In past years we have identified over 100 species of the family Asteraceae.

 

 

 

 

 

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In each workshop we will:

-  Identify characteristics and vocabulary to ease the keying of these groups.

  -   Identify species in the field (including sterile characteristics) and have the opportunity to key out species in the class.

 -  Identify many of the state-listed species found in the area.

 - Have fun!

Tentative field trip destinations

Day 1:  Swan Creek (or similar clay-soiled site) and Side Cut Metropark

 Day 2: Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, Wildwood Metropark

Day 3:  The Nature Conservancy's Kitty Todd Preserve and assorted Metropark holdings in the Oak Openings Region

Day 4: Oak Openings Metropark and vicinity