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MNPS Program, Western Mountains Chapter (Thursday): Grass Identification For Dummies Like Us: How To Get Started Figuring Out Grasses

  • 10/08/2020
  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available after the program.

Speaker: Kevin Dodge, Director of the Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology Program, Garrett College

Grasses can be a challenge to identify – they don’t have “normal-looking” flowers, they all seem to look alike, and they are described using terminology all their own. They are downright intimidating for many of us and therefore (let’s be honest) easy to conveniently ignore; you know, “it’s some kind of grass.” Yet, by using a relatively simple, easy to use guide based on overall appearance, we can learn to recognize some of the more common grasses of our area, gain confidence, divide and conquer, and begin to crack the code that will allow us to dive deeper into grass identification.

Kevin Dodge received his B.S. in Biology from Southwest Missouri State University in 1981 and his M.S. in Biology from Michigan Technological University in 1983. He pursued further studies in Wildlife Biology at West Virginia University from 1983 through 1987. Dodge has worked since 1987 at Garrett College, in far western Maryland, where he is the Director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology program. He teaches various courses in natural history and ecology, including Wildlife Biology, Dendrology, Herbaceous Plant Identification, Plant Taxonomy, Herpetology, Regional Songbird Identification, Ornithology, and General Ecology. Dodge's courses emphasize field experience, and many classes include field trips to other parts of the mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachian region. He has also taught classes at Frostburg State University and West Virginia University.

The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

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