Bioreserve: Field Assessment



We need volunteers to join our natural area field assessment teams!

Get outside, meet new people, learn about our local natural areas and help out HRWC’s Bioreserve Natural Areas Assessment program! Bioreserve field volunteers will inventory ecologically important natural areas in the watershed..

After attending a half-day training session, volunteer teams conduct rapid ecological assessments of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and aquatic habitats throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Each visit is like nature hike through a new woods or wetland.

The 2013 season marks our fifth field season; volunteers have so far assessed over 250 properties throughout S.E. Michigan.  Land conservancies and community preservation programs use the data gathered to promote permanent protection of those lands identified as the highest quality and most important for protection of the Huron River.


We need “Plant People” to join our natural area field assessment teams!

If you have some experience in plant identification, we need your help! Volunteer teams will be conducting rapid ecological assessments of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and aquatic habitats throughout this spring, summer and fall.

Every team will need at least one “plant person” — someone who has either taken a plant identification class, or has become familiar with wildflowers, grasses, and trees over time spent hiking this beautiful watershed.

Your task will be to call out to your team members all the plants you can identify, and take pictures of those you can’t (to share with us for later identification). You will be able to practice your plant ID skills while learning more and more plants with each visit (each visit takes two – four hours).

“Plant People” do not need to attend a training.

NEXT TRAINING SESSION: TBA.  Sign up here to get on the notification list for the next training session. Click the “Field Work” option, and mention you are interested in the next training in the comments. If you are a “plant person,” you can indicate that by checking the “use my expertise” option and mentioning your plant ID expertise in the comments.

MORE INFO: Contact Kris at kolsson@hrwc.org or 734-769-5123 x 607. 

EXTRA RESOURCES: Volunteer Page for current field assessment volunteers

HRWC’s Online Plant Guide to help volunteers identify plants on field assessments

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