Bioreserve: Field Assessment

Want an excuse to spend more time outside while helping keep our water ways clean?

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

Get outside, meet new people and learn about local natural areasAll while helping out HRWC’s Bioreserve Natural Areas Assessment program!

To become a field volunteer you must attend a half-day training session. Bioreserve field volunteers will inventory ecologically important natural areas in the watershed. Each assessment takes about 3 – 4 hours, and involves a nature hike through a woods or wetlands 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.

The 2016 season marks our eighth field season; volunteers have so far assessed over 280 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.

Don’t want to attend training, but are still interested in helping with field assessments?

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).

If you have these credentials and are interested in being the designated plant identifier for a team then there is no training required just the commitment of 3-4 hour field assessments.

NEXT TRAINING SESSION: We will be taking a year off from holding a training. However, if you are interested in joining us, we can teach you “on the job,”  Email Kris to get on our list.

(if you are a Plant Person, we are especially interested in getting your help!

MORE INFO: Contact Kris at or 734-769-5123 x 607. 

EXTRA RESOURCES: Volunteer Page for current field assessment volunteers

Check out our online plant guides, showing all the plants identified on our assessment sites so far:

Wetland Plants--These are plants that can be found in wetland environments. Species are organized in this set by those most frequently found to least frequently found.

Grassland Plants-– These are plants that are found in local grassland environments. Each species is organized in this set by those found most frequently to least frequently.

Forest Plants-– These are plants that are found in the Forest. Plants are organized in this set by most frequent to least frequent.


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