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Wetland Sedges – Biodiversity University

August 14 @ 9:00 AM - August 15 @ 5:00 PM


Instructed by Jerry Jenkins & Brett Engstrom
$265 | Financial Support Available
Prof. Dev. CEUs available.

An introduction to the late-season sedges of marshes and shores, emphasizing structure, ecological requirements, and landscape patterns. Most sedges can be identified if you know where they live, what they look like, and what you need to see about them. This is direct identification—look, think, make your best guess, check pictures and characters if you have to..It is how we, and most professionals, identify sedges, and how we teach them. It works, indoors or out. You will see.
The sedge flora has two peaks. The first in, June and July, mixes upland and wetland species and is dominated by a single genus, Carex. The second, in late August and September, is restricted to wetlands and shores, and involves members of nine different genera. The June peak is the time to learn Carex, in all its beauty. The late-summer peak is the time to learn sedges as a whole, in all their complexity.
The course will begin at North Branch with an indoor session on the sedge genera and then go up the Winooski to visit shores and marshes. Sunday morning we will be at the mouth of Winooski, for one of the great sedge shows of the Northeast. Sunday afternoon we will be at North Branch, doing some local field work and putting it all together. There will be lots of looking, examining, comparing, talking, diagramming. Some taking apart, some microscopy. No keys.

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August 14 @ 9:00 AM
August 15 @ 5:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602