Polk County Soil and Water | Polk Soil and Water Conservation District

Polk Event Details

Cyperaceae & Juncaceae Workshop

Calendar   Polk Soil - See All Events
directions Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, 8700 NE 126 Ave., Maxwell, Iowa 50161
Date Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 9:30am -
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:00pm
Duration   2d 4h 30m

Dr. Tom Rosburg (Drake University) and Dr. Bill Norris (Western New Mexico University) are offering a three day Cyperaceae Identification Workshop on the Carex genus and larger Cyperaceae (sedge, bulrush, spike-rush, nut sedge) and Juncaceae (rush) families. Students will engage in hands-on exercises to build understanding of descriptive botanical terminology and the ability to correctly use plant keys. Field work will address topics in Cyperaceae ecology, plant species habitats and distribution, plant adaptations and interactions, and plant collection and voucher preparation. Tom and Bill have presented many of these workshops for over 20 years and work hard to provide a high quality experience for students.

• Use floristic keys to correctly identify species in the Cyperaceae & Juncaceae families
• Diagram & label the morphological characteristics of vegetative & reproductive stages
• Sight identification of genera & species in Cyperaceae & Juncaceae

Workshop participants will use dissecting scopes to study morphology and to gain practice keying specimens. Field work and plant collection sites will include numerous locations across the diverse landscape of the 9,000-acre Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt complex. Participants should plan to meet at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Longhouse at the beginning of each day.

The course is designed to accommodate beginners as well as provide an advanced curriculum for professional conservationists (CCB, DNR, NRCS, FWS, NPS, ACE) and avid amateurs. Guided course work will increase participants’ recognition and ability to identify plant species and conduct field assessments for wetland delineation. Field work will be conducted in several ecological communities including floodplain forests, oak savanna, marsh and sedge meadow communities, fen/wet seeps, and sand prairie.

*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration ticket link: https://bit.ly/2tsTM0I. If you need assistance while online, call 515/323-5300.

• $125 on or before May 1
• $150 after May 18
• $50 for students.
**There is a minimum of 8 & a maximum of 25 participants for this class**

This event is sponsored by Polk County Conservation. The class will be held rain or shine. Cancellations MUST be made by June 11, 2019 in order to receive a refund.

Participants can expect to spend about an equal amount of time indoors and outside in the field. Dissecting scope (if you have one); mud boots (knee-high is good); rain gear; 10X hand lens; 1 gallon Ziploc baggies (to make specimen collections); large knife/digging tool; 8½ x 11inch spiral bound notebook and transparent tape; insect repellent; sun protection.

An introductory handout will be sent via email about 2 weeks prior to the class. Be sure to include your email in your registration. Presentation handouts and diagnostic keys for all of Iowa’s Cyperaceae and Juncaceae are included with registration. Lunch is provided each day, breakfast and supper are on your own.

**Overnight accommodations are on your own.**

• Primitive | $15/night
• Electric | $20/night
• Camping available at Chichaqua Bottoms Campground (0.25 mi away).
• Thomas Mitchell Park has similar accommodations (18 miles). Some sites are reservable at www.mycountyparks.com. Additional fees apply.
• Ankeny (14+ miles) & Altoona (12+ miles) have multiple options for hotel accommodations.

Questions? – Call Doug or Lael at 515-967-2596 or email doug.sheeley@polkcountyiowa.gov

Repeats? No

Packed full of phosphorous and other nutrients, grass clippings are one of the most harmful urban pollutant sources to our waterways.