Botany Washington 2016
Botany Washington 2016
Port Townsend, WA
Fort Worden State Park
May 13-15, 2016
Join the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum (WTU) for this co sponsored event featuring outstanding learning opportunity for participants of all skill levels. This annual event will be exploring the floristic and taxonomic diversity of the eastern Olympic Peninsula lowlands.
All participants are offered 4 areas of study, with one field trip per day at this weekend of study and camaraderie.
1) Taxonomy Study - where the classification and identification of particular plant families or genera are the focus. Participants in these sessions have some prior experience with technical botanical terminology and wish to deepen their knowledge of specific genera or families.
2) Keying with Hitchcock - You will join others who wish to hone their technical keying skills using the draft version of keys for the revised Flora of the Pacific Northwest.
3) Wildflowers of the Puget Trough This is for participants interested in exploring and appreciating the native flora in a more informal setting. Two alternate field trip locations are offered for offsite excursions.
4) Habitat Restoration - The Port Townsend area has several ongoing habitat restoration projects that include prairie, salt marsh, and estuarine sites. This Saturday (only) field trip will focus on recent projects at Point Wilson, Kai Tai Prairies, and Discovery Bay.
Evening programs include:
For Friday evening, Dr. Eric DeChaine, Associate Professor at Western Washington University, will present his research on evolution of the arctic and alpine tundra flora. Eric has done extensive field work through Alaska and northeastern Russia as part of his research.
On Saturday evening Dr. Catharine Copass, Vegetation Inventory Project Coordinator at Olympic National Park will present on her work classifying and mapping plant communities at Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve. This work has resulted in the mapping of more than a dozen rare or imperiled plant communities on the reserve.
Base Camp: The event will be held at beautiful Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. Located on the eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. From this center of operations we will have ready access to a diversity of habitats to explore the flora, including beach strand, prairie-like grasslands, and lowland forest under-story.
Complete conference center accommodations are available or the usual camping opportunities will be there for those with their own RV or perfect tent location for a good night out. Food services are catered in the Commons dining facility. Our conference event facility will be the Chapel, an independent building to enjoy our evening speakers and keying activities. Six meals are provided as a part of the registration fee, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Botany Washington will provide botanists, plant ecologists, restoration ecologists, conservation biologists and other professionals with access to experts and an opportunity for in-depth study of selected taxonomic groups. It is 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 wising to learn more about regional floras of Washington will have two days in the filed with knowledgeable local experts. Finally, it si 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.
See The Botany Washington Registration Page for more Event Information, and How to Register.
See the Botany Washington Activities Page for full field trip schedule and course offerings.
See the Botany Washington Instructors page for brief Bio's of the Instructing team.
See the Botany Washington Accommodations page for complete information about Fort Worden, and reservation options.
Cusick's shooting star (Dodecatheon pulchellum)
Photo: David Giblin