Friday, May 10, 2019, 1-4pm - Botanical Inventory and Floristic Quality Assessment with Beverly Walters

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Hike Location: 
Furstenberg Nature Area
How do you decide where, how much, and how often to survey a site? Do you mainly do a meander survey or do you also use some systematic sampling to ensure that you're casting the net widely enough? How should the landscape direct your inventory approach? Are there modifications of the FQA (like Universal FQA) that go beyond simple presence/absence data to account for abundance, and how effective or necessary are those approaches? This hike will draw from Bev's many years of "boots-on-the-ground" botanical inventory experience as she compiled dozens of inventories and FQIs for Ann Arbor natural areas. Related news:

With support from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

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Hike Facilitator: 
Beverly Walters
Bev Walters did botanical inventories for the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation for over a decade. She moved on to the Michigan Natural Features Inventory where she did surveys throughout the state, and then to UM Herbarium, where much of her work focused on the Michigan Flora Project. In addition, she has conducted botanical surveys for MBGNA, Legacy Land Conservancy and private landowners. Though now retired, Bev continues to help with the Michigan Flora website and to explore the wonders of nature.