Name of Class: Introduction to Wetland Mosses (And A Few Upland Ones Too)
Dates: April 13, 2023
Location: Eddy Discovery Center, Chelsea, Michigan
Time(s): 8:30am to 4:30pm
Instructors: Dr. Jeremy Hartsock
Cost: $100 (MWA members), $125 (non-members)
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One day field class covering several common wetland and upland bryophyte species (e.g., mosses and liverworts). This session begins with a lecture to learn the basics of bryophytes such as: ecology, morphology, dispersal, substrates, life cycle and reproduction, etc. Participants will learn how to identify mosses in the field using a hand lens. A hand lens is not required, but strongly recommended. The class will visit several locations and trails (wetland and upland) in the Waterloo state recreation area. Chelsea, Michigan. There will likely be a combination of walking and driving to the various locations to search for mosses.
Recommended hand lens ($11): 20X Illuminated Jeweler LED UV Lens Loupe Magnifier
Optional field guides: 1) Mosses of the Northern Forest (Jerry Jenkins); 2) Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians (McKnight et al.)
Jeremy Hartsock, Ph.D. – Jeremy Hartsock is a research scientist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. While characterizing inland lake aquatic macrophyte communities is his current research focus, he previously spent 10-years studying peatland plant communities in Alberta, Canada. In Canada, he performed bryophyte surveys across a myriad of different wetlands that include marshes, bogs, and several types of fen (e.g., acidic, circumneutral, alkaline and saline). He also participated in efforts to restore and reclaim peat-forming wetlands above areas previously mined for oil sand; helping to engineer landscapes to facilitate moss establishment. He was also a field lead for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Program (CWMP) western region. For the CWMP, he carried out wetland plant surveys in coastal marshes and coastal fens along the Lake Superior shoreline.
Class Cancellation Notification
Five (5) days prior to the start of class, participants will be notified of a cancellation. The MWA Treasurer will refund 100% of the fee received to participants.
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 to14 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 less than 1 day of start of the class (including during the class) is not eligible for any refund (0%), however the spot can be transferred to any other person.