If you are a plant person and love the outdoors we need you to join our field assessment teams!
You can learn about our watershed’s natural areas and be outside helping HRWC’s Bioreserve Natural Areas Assessment program assess natural areas throughout this spring, summer and fall.
If you have experience in plant identification, we could use your help.
Volunteer teams will be conducting rapid ecological assessments of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and aquatic habitats. 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.
Each visit is a nature hike through a new woods or wetland (each visit takes two – four hours.) 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 can practice your plant ID skills while learning more with each visit.
There will be a program introduction and training on May 7, 2011, 10am to 3pm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. “Experts” do not need to attend the training, but are more than welcome.
To sign up contact Kris Olsson, Watershed Ecologist, at 734-769-5123 x 607, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is Bioreserve’s third field season and our volunteers have assessed over 150 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.
Let’s get to work on the next 70 assessments!