Plant Identification, Apr 12-14, 2016, Weeks Bay Reserve

Topic(s): Fauna/Flora Taxonomy , Invasive Plant Control , Wetland Protection
Priority Issue(s): Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation
Host Partner(s): Weeks Bay Reserve
Location:  Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Date/Time: calendar icon4/12/2016 – 4/14/2016
Price: $225.00
Max Applicants: 25
Plant Identification Course

April 12-14, 2016; 8:00am – 5:00pm each day
Agenda can be downloaded here: Schedule (Weeks Bay Plant ID Workshop)

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Fairhope, Alabama

Registration Deadline:   April 7, 2016

Fee:  $225.00

Contact: Mike Shelton – or 251.928.9792

Announcing a 3-day Plant Identification Course on April 12-14, 2016 at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The course is field oriented and emphasizes the dominant plant species found in wetlands, adjacent uplands, and the transition zone between the two. Field sites will include a variety of habitat types in the coastal area. Participants will learn to identify plants using keys and readily available field guides and plant manuals. Those taking the course will leave with the ability to collect and press plant specimens so that they can create their own plant collection for study purposes and future reference. Class time will be split about evenly in lecture and in the field, so be prepared to be outdoors seeing, discussing, identifying, collecting and pressing plants. Only the most severe weather will keep the class from getting into the field. Bring gear for a variety of weather conditions just in case. The use of plant specimen presses will be provided but presses will be returned at the end of the course. Plants pressed in the class will go home with participants. Those taking the course are encouraged to bring the tools of the trade such as a clipper, pocket knife, hand lens and plant guides/manuals for use in the field.

Course material includes a notebook of training information and a copy of Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary, 2nd Edition (James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris). Participants are encouraged to bring with them plant guides/manuals with which they are familiar for use in the field.


Field Notebooks & Data Collection, Plant Pressing & Label Preparation, Classification & Taxonomic Hierarchy, Leaf Shapes, Apices, Bases & Margins, Roots, Stems, Leaves & Cones, Floral Structure & Fruits, Key Construction & Keying Plants, Identification, Manuals & Other Literature, Introduction to Invasive Exotic Plant Species, and Plant Families


The course will be held at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in between Fairhope and Foley, Alabama on US Highway 98. Address is 11300 US 98, Fairhope, AL 36532. Directions and a list of local accommodations are available upon request.


Gena Todia, president of WETLAND RESOURCES Environmental Consulting, is a graduate of Auburn University in wildlife management.  Gena is a certified wildlife biologist and wetlands specialist with 30 years of experience in the natural resources management field.  She began her career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a park ranger and wildlife biologist, then moved to the Mobile District Regulatory Branch to serve as a wetland regulator. Later, Gena served as a biologist in the Natural Resources Management Section overseeing the operation and management of the 180,000 acres that make up the Tenn-Tom Waterway wildlife mitigation lands. Gena has consulted privately since 1994, specializing in wetland delineations, permitting, mitigation and restoration, federally protected species issues, natural resources management, plant inventories, and invasive exotic plant species control. She also organizes and presents training on wetland delineation, plant identification, invasive exotic plants, and related topics.  Gena currently serves on the Alabama Invasive Plant Council board of directors. Fred Nation is a field botanist and environmental consultant in Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama. Fred is a certified herbicide applicator.  He has documented and photographed the wildflowers and native plants of South Alabama for more than 20 years. He teaches these subjects and Plant Nomenclature for the Baldwin and Mobile County Master Gardener intern classes, and for the Adult Learning Center in Fairhope.  Fred has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on native and invasive exotic plants for the USDA Forest Service, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Weeks Bay Reserve, and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He is a past member of the Baldwin County Environmental Advisory Board, and a current member of the Baldwin County Forestry Planning Committee. He has nominated or co-nominated more than 20 Alabama State Champion Trees and is the author of the book, Where the Wild Illicium Grows, Historic and Medicinal Plants of the Central Gulf Coast. Fred conducts regular classes on habitats and ecosystems for the Friends Groups at Weeks Bay Reserve.


The fee for this training is $225 and covers snacks, lunches, and course materials. Registration closes on April 7, 2016 unless otherwise indicated. There is NO REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEE AFTER THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION DATE. Course organizer reserves the right to cancel the course at their discretion. In that case, full refunds will be honored. Registration fee should be paid prior to start of the training.

Make payment or purchase order payable to: WEEKS BAY FOUNDATION, INC.

Mail fee or purchase order to: Weeks Bay Foundation 11401 US Highway 98 Fairhope, AL 36532.

For credit card payment, contact Mike Shelton, 251‐928‐9792.


Participants completing course will be awarded a certificate of completion. Continuing Forestry Education credits, Society of American Foresters are pending.

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