Bioreserve: Field Assessment



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

Get outside, meet new people, learn about 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. Commitment after training entails performing (as part of a team) two or more assessments during the spring and summer. Each assessment takes about 3 – 4 hours.

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

The 2015 season marks our seventh 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: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10am – 4pm.  Independence Lake County Park, Whitmore Lake, Washtenaw County.

Register here by May 7.

(if you are a Plant Person, indicate that in the Questions/Comments section on the form.  The training session is useful but optional for Plant People)

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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