Botany Washington 2013
Keying with Hitchcock. Photographed by Joe Arnett. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
Spring Diversity in the Lower Grand Coulee, May 31 - June 2, 2013 (Registration Deadline is May 1st. No refunds after May 1st, 2013)
Registration Now Closed
This year’s Botany Washington is being co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum. Our goal is to provide an outstanding opportunity for participants of all levels of botanical skill to explore the rich diversity of Central Washington’s flora in the lower Grand Coulee through three tracks of field study: one designed for technical study of selected taxonomic groups, one for improving plant keying skills using the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, and the other designed for individuals with little or no botanical background but who are interested in learning more about wildflowers of this area.
- Taxonomic Study
Participants in this track will be studying the Boraginaceae on Saturday with Ron Kelley and early-flowering Asteraceae with David Giblin on Sunday. It will be assumed that participants in the taxonomic track will have botanical and/or professional backgrounds and wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of specific taxonomic groups with botanical experts on these groups.
- Keying with Hitchcock
You will join others who wish to hone their technical keying skills using the Flora of the Pacific Northwest in the company of an accomplished botanist who will provide expert guidance as you identify species unknown to you by working through Hitchcock’s technical keys. It will be assumed that you have basic knowledge of botanical terminology and basic keying skills utilizing the Flora of the Pacific Northwest or another comparable technical flora. Opportunities will be provided for group keying and individual keying.
- Central Washington Wildflowers
Participants in this track are interested in exploring the native flora of different regions in Washington in a more informal setting. Your wildflower study will include field trips on Saturday and Sunday to areas of local floral interest with botanists knowledgeable about the local flora.
Near a pristine chain of lakes, freshwater marshes and magnificent basalt rock formations, Camp Delaney at Sun Lakes State Park will be our Base Camp. This state-run Environmental Learning Center is ours for the weekend. Eight heated, air-conditioned cabins sleep 9 each. Participants will bring their own sleeping bags and other weekend essentials for a camp experience. Six meals including Friday and Saturday evening’s dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, and Saturday and Sunday sack lunches will be provided and are included as part of the Botany Washington package.
On Friday evening Mare Nazaire, Washington State University, will discuss Diversification in Mertensia (Boraginaceae), with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest species. On Saturday evening we will learn about Blooming pools of spring: observations of the Columbia Plateau vernal pools from Curtis Bjork, who received his M.S. degree from Washington State University and is a botanical consultant based out of British Columbia.
Botany Washington will provide botanists, ecologists, conservation biologists and other professionals with access to experts and an opportunity for in-depth study of selected taxonomic groups. It is also an opportunity for individuals new to the Flora of the Pacific Northwest to gain additional practice in technical keying with the support of expert guidance. The interested enthusiast wishing to learn more about regional floras of Washington will have two days in the field with knowledgeable local experts. Finally, it is an opportunity for botanists and others interested in our native flora to work together in a shared community of botanical learning. Membership in the Washington Native Plant Society is not required.
The cost of the weekend will be $200.00. This includes two nights rustic lodging, six meals and the opportunity to explore the flora of the Columbia Plateau with knowledgeable botanists who will help you enhance your botanical skills no matter where on the botanical spectrum you reside.
General questions should be referred to Catherine Hovanic or contact WNPS office at 206-527-3210, 1-888-288-8022 (toll free in Washington).