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all, a couple of really excellent local field botanists have offered to
do a re-survey of a local park for new vascular plants, working with
the local Master Naturalist chapter. The most recent update was
in 1995. There has been a really nice response to this project, and we
wonder if any of you who have done a similar survey have
suggestions for how to proceed. Mainly I am trying to think of ways to
make this project a “teachable moment’ for volunteers to become more
knowledgeable about using keys, and getting comfortable with scientific
names. We might also give some information about plant families to help
them put their findings in perspective, and also slip in some
information about the habitats, and how all that influences what plants
grow where. It may be overly ambitious to fold all that into a project
with a goal of identifying plants, but we’d like to at least consider
some of those possibilities. The Master Naturalists range from people
who know a great deal about one or two topics, but have had only a
brief introduction to other topics, to people who love nature and want
to learn more about natural history, but don’t have much knowledge
about it. They have all gone through our basic training.
I would welcome any suggestions and resources you may have that could help shape this project.
I should have mentioned that this is going to occur over the course of a year so we will have some time to provide information to people as they are interested.
Ruth Douglas, email@example.com
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