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7 Sunday / April 7, 2013

Citizen Scientist Training Session: Early Spring Wildflower ID

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. SR 446, Bloomington (Activity Center)

Registration required by April 5 to the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or [email protected].

Program Location: Paynetown Activity Center

New volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join us!

“Ephemerals” take advantage of the sunlight that reaches the forest floor in early spring—before that stream of light is blocked by the developing leaf canopy. These wildflowers provide fleeting flashes of color that won’t be seen again until the next spring. With the short nature of their blooming period, we have an equally short period of time to document their presence here at Monroe Lake.

This 2-hour training session will be a general primer on flower identification techniques and terms, with focused instruction on recognizing five selected species from the “spring ephemeral” category of wildflowers. Weather permitting, the second half of this training will be conducted outside.

Trained volunteers can then participate in a wildflower survey of Monroe Lake property between April 8 and May 11. Volunteers will search for and document the locations of the five selected species. One group field day will be offered; additional field time will be on your own. Volunteers are also welcome (and encouraged) to participate in other scheduled wildflower programs this month for additional instruction and identification practice (refer to April Program Schedule for details).

*Volunteers in the Citizen Science program collect data that helps Monroe Lake track animal populations, monitor habitats, and make resource management decisions. No prior experience is needed; all necessary training is provided. Citizen Scientists can collect data on their own time and/or participate in scheduled group events.

Cost: Free

For more information contact:

Paynetown Activity Center
[email protected]

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