Name of Class: Aquatic Plant Identification
Dates: July 11-12, 2018
Location: Lansing/East Lansing, Michigan
Time(s): 8:00am to 5:00pm
Instructors: Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University and Erick Elgin, Michigan State University Extension
Cost: $200 (MWA members), $250 (non-members)
Accommodations: Attendees are responsible for their own meals and accommodations; packing a lunch each day is recommended
Course Materials: Attendees should bring waders or water shoes, a write-in-the-rain notebook, hand lens, writing utensil and plant ID book(s)
Class Description: Two (2) day field/laboratory class covering identification of lacustrine wetland species, focusing on littoral zone submergents and emergents. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain a hands-on look at lake and pond species, and receive professional instruction for identification and determination at the species level. The class will visit field sites in the greater Lansing area, and participants will have the opportunity to examine specimens in a laboratory setting.
Dr. Jo Latimore Bio:
Jo Latimore is an Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. Her work focuses in public participation in assessment and management of Michigan’s streams and lakes; science communication, outreach, and engagement; natural resources leadership development; and improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance. As an Outreach Specialist, the majority of her work is focused on engaging with individuals and organizations to promote understanding and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems. Key partners in these efforts include Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations.
Erick Elgin Bio:
Erick Elgin is an aquatic ecologist and Water Resource Educator with MSU Extension. Elgin has 10 years of experience with aquatic plant ecology, monitoring, and identification. As an Extension Educator Elgin focuses on inland lake education, outreach, protection, and management. Together with Jo Latimore, he also implements the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch – a statewide citizen science aquatic invasive plant monitoring program.
Class Cancellation Notification: Five (5) days prior to the class, participants will be notified of a cancellation. The MWA Treasurer will refund participants 100% of the received class fee.
Cancellation Policy for Attendees:
- Any attendee can transfer, at any time, their spot in the class to another person with no financial penalty
- Cancellation prior to 14 days of the class is eligible for 100% refund of class fees
- Cancellation from 1-13 days of the class is eligible for 50% refund of class fees
- Cancellation within 1 day of start of the class (including during the class) is not eligible for any refund (0%); however, the spot may be transferred to another person