Bog Learning Network Plant Identification Course (June 9, 2015)

The Bog Learning Network will offer a Wetland Plant Identification training at the Nantahala River Bogs in Macon County, NC on June 9th.

Photo Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS
Photo Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS

The training will focus on common species of montane wetlands and bogs and will focus on grasses , sedges, rushes, and a variety of woody bog plants.

Ed Schwartzman, biologist with the NC Natural Heritage Program, will share key features for identification of the bog plants. The study site is a diverse mountain bog with a variety of plant assemblages, including bog, swamp forest, and beaver marshes. Due to habitat sensitivity, this offering will be limited to 25 participants with priority given to current bog managers.

We will notify participants of their selection by May 8, at which time we will provide further details about the training.  If interest exceeds the capacity for this training and you are not selected, we may schedule a second training.  Note that plant collecting will not be permitted except for demonstration purposes.

Photo Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS
Photo Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS

The training will be held rain or shine. Items to bring should include a hand lens, lunch, plenty of water, sturdy boots or hip waders, rain gear, sunscreen as well as anything you need to stay safe, happy, and soggy all day.

If you would like to attend the course, visit this site and fill out this application by April 28 to be considered.

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