Native Grass Identification

Date: August 16, 2018 - August 18, 2018
Time: See Description
Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060 Stack Building - Classroom 145
Contact: Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 269-671-2510, birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 from 9:30 - 5 p.m.

Roughly 20% of Michigan’s flora is graminoid species – grasses, sedges, and rushes. These herbaceous species with grass-like morphology are found in every habitat and often dominate the herbaceous layer of many habitats. However, distinguishing among graminoid families and species is generally considered difficult, limiting the ability for professional, semi-professional, and novice field biologists to sufficiently understand many plant communities. This class is intended for students interested in overcoming unfamiliarity with graminoids, and developing the confidence to independently identify them.

This class will cover graminoids broadly - highlighting the differences among grasses (plants in the family Poaceae), sedges (Cyperaceae) and rushes (Juncaeae); and focus on identifying grasses specifically. The objective is to provide a framework of which traits to look for in distinguishing graminoids, but also become familiar with some common species. This approach is intended to bring attention to the diversity of species around us all the time, and provide the concrete skills to continue the study of graminoids independently

Course Fee: Members $100, Non-Members $120

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