Personnel involved in wetland issues. The course is taught by instructors from the FWS, Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Corps of Engineers.
Summary and Objectives:
This interagency course is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify wetland plants using botanical manuals and floras. The class consists of several one-day sessions on the following groups: woody plants, including winter condition; herbaceous dicots; and grasses, sedges and rushes, and other monocots. Lectures discuss morphology, terminology and identification. Plants representative of that day's topics(s) are collected daily in the field and keyed-out in the classroom, in both directed and individual keying exercises.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Accurately identify wetland plants to the species level by using morphological characteristics and major botanical terms.
- Properly use botanical keys, including regional wetland floras keys and electronic keys.
- Recognize selected plant families that commonly occur in wetlands.
- Observe wetland plants in the field to reinforce plant morphological characteristics.
- Demonstrate how to properly collect plant specimens, differentiating between museum and field techniques.
- Develop field notebook based on the course's lecture, lab, and field activities.
Botany - Basic, Plant Ecology - Awareness, Wetland Biology and Ecology – Awareness