How to Observe and Identify Woody Plants

So many plants, so little time!! Ever wondered what people mean when they say a plant's leaves are alternate, opposite or whorled? Can you tell a simple leaf from a compound leaf? Do you know the clues that a bud can send about a plant? Would you like to learn how to "key out" a plant using a plant guide? If you'd like to learn more about how to identify plants, this workshop is for you! General tips, a guide to field guides, and an overview of common species, with many samples of "woody plants in winter" for keying practice.
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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 11:10am
Jacqueline Courteau
Jacqueline Courteau is a freelance ecological consultant and writer/editor who has worked for Michigan Natural Features Inventory and taught adjunct at University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Her research and consulting work has included ecological assessment and monitoring, forest regeneration, deer impacts on vegetation and other plant-animal interactions, invasive species in a range of Michigan ecosystems for clients including Huron River Watershed Council, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Washtenaw County Parks, and Ann Arbor Natural Areas Program. Before coming to Michigan and earning a Ph.D. in ecology, she worked as a science and environmental policy analyst in Washington, DC, contributing to an early 1990s report to Congress on how global change could affect natural resources and how Federal agencies could plan for an uncertain climate.