Sharpen your plant ID skills. We will identify specimens collected in September at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. We’ll use plant keys, hand lenses, microscopes, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland. This will not be a formal class, but rather an informal time for you to work with other interested people and with researchers conducting the Ag Center inventory.
During the four initial labs (January 13 and 27 and February 10 and 24, 2014), we will examine and identify the plants from a wet agricultural field, sharing our knowledge as we focus on a variety of plant types, including trees and shrubs, grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants. After February we plan to offer additional lab series as the Ag Center project continues through the seasons of the year and the varied habitats at the Baltimore County property.
No need to attend all 4 labs.
All levels of experience are welcome, from those with a basic knowledge of how to use a plant key to those who are experienced botanists. If you’re brand new to plant identification, you may instead consider attending the formal plant identification class starting this spring (to be posted at www.meetup.com/marylandnature), where you can learn basic plant vocabulary and the keying process.
Bring a hand lens if you have one; we will have lenses and keys to share.
Cost: NHSM members: $20 for all 4 sessions. Non-members: $10 per session
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