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Botany Washington 2017 - Field Trips & Instructors

Field Trips and Sessions for Botany WA 2017   

At registration, participants choose one activity for each day, Saturday and Sunday.  The number assigned corresponds to the selections on the registration form. 

  1. Taxonomic Study

    Participants in these sessions have some prior experience with technical botanical terminology and wish to deepen their knowledge of specific genera or families.

    On Saturday WNPS President and WTU Research Associate Clay Antieau will lead a session on grasses (Poaceae).

    On Sunday WTU's Ben Legler will lead a session covering the Polemoniaceae (Phlox family), with an emphasis on the genera Collomia, Gilia (and the many genera split from it), Phlox and Polemonium.

  2. Keying with Hitchcock

    You will join others who wish to hone their technical keying skills using the draft versions of keys for the revised Flora of the Pacific Northwest.   The keying sessions will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday and will be led by a professional botanist.  It will be assumed that participants have basic knowledge of both botanical terminology and how to use a technical plant identification key (i.e., dichotomous key).  Opportunities are provided for keying as a group and individually.  We will work with draft versions of the new keys to be published in the revised Flora of the Pacific Northwest, but you are welcome to bring along your copy of the original Flora.

  3. Wildflowers of the East Cascades                  

    This is for participants interested in exploring and appreciating the native flora in a more informal setting.  Field trips with knowledgeable botanists will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. 
    There will be two trip locations offered each day:

    3.1) Chiwaukum Creek Trail, perhaps one of the most diverse wildflower hikes in the Tumwater Canyon area.  Depending on the timing of spring we may see a lot of Tweedy's lewisia (Lewisiopsis tweedyi) and

    3.2) Sugarloaf Peak will be the day's destination, but the emphasis is exploring the flora along the meadows, seeps, and forest openings that line the Forest Service roads leading up Eagle Creek Canyon to Sugarloaf Peak. 
Meet the Instructors

Clay Antieau M.S., Ph.C.
WNPS President; University of Washington Herbarium Research Associate

Clay is a horticulturist, botanist, and environmental scientist who enthusiastically combines these disciplines to offer unique abilities and perspectives in environmental education and science. Clay currently works for the City of Seattle as an environmental permit specialist. He’s a recognized local authority and educator in Northwest flora and has taught courses in plant identification, wetland science, restoration science, and related subjects at the University of Washington and numerous technical and community colleges around Washington. He’s been teaching grass identification for more than 20 years and is well regarded for providing engaging and effective learning experiences for students.

Joe Arnett, M.S., Rare Plant Botanist,
Washington Department of Natural Resources

Joe is the state rare plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program. The focus of his work is the study and conservation of rare plants and ecosystems, and in these efforts he works in partnership with diverse agencies, nonprofit societies, conservation trusts, academic institutions, and individuals around the state. Joe has a master’s degree in plant systematics and has conducted botanical field research in Washington for over 25 years.

Pam Camp, M.S., WNPS Fellow,
retired U.S. BLM Botanist

Pam has devoted her professional career and personal time to the study and documentation of central and eastern Washington's flora.  She served as Botanist for the U.S. BLM Office in Wenatchee for many years, where she led and coordinated floristic inventories on public lands across Washington.   In addition to being a WNPS Fellow, Pam has served on the WNPS State Board for several terms, since 2003 has been Chair of the the WNPS Research and Inventory program, and is Co-Editor of Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington.  Pam earned her B.S. in Biology from Utah State University and her M.S. in plant systematics and ecology from the University of Nebraska, where she conducted research on the genus Astragalus (milk-vetch).

David Giblin, Ph.D, Collections Manager,
University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum

David has been the Collections Manager at the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture since 2002. His research focuses on the distribution and diversity of Washington's vascular plant flora, and he is co-Coordinator for the project to revise the one-volume Flora of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his duties in the Herbarium, David serves as a Board Member and Taxon Editor for the Flora of North America Project. He holds a Master's degree in plant conservation from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in plant evolutionary biology from the University of Missouri.

Ben Legler, M.S., Informatics Specialist,
University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum

Ben has worked in the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum since 2002. He is responsible for the development of the herbarium's databases and online resources, including the WTU Image Collection and the PNW Herbaria web site. As a botanist, he has focused on studying and photographing the flora of the Pacific Northwest. Ben has a master's degree in botany from the University of Wyoming, for which he conducted a floristic inventory in New Mexico and described a new species of Phlox.  He is currently working on a new species of Botrychium from Wyoming, and two new species from Washington in the Caryophyllaceae (pink family).

Laura Potash, M.S.,
The Nature Conservancy; retired US Forest Service Botanist; Past WNPS President.

Laura served as lead Botanist for Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest from 1990-2014, where she managed a program to protect rare plants, prevent the spread of invasive species, and promote the use of native species for restoration. Now she lives in the central Washington Cascades and works for The Nature Conservancy as Coordinator for Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative. Laura is a gifted and innovative teacher, bringing enthusiasm, patience, and humor to students of plant identification. She earned her M.S. in plant ecology from the University of Washington, where she conducted research the effects of fire on Phyllodoce empetriformis (red heather).

Don Schaechtel,
WNPS Wenatchee Valley Chapter Chair

Don is an amateur botanist who lives in Leavenworth.  When he is not exploring the Wenatchee Mountains he is restoring native plants in the acre around his house.  He enjoys sharing the area's botanical wonders with locals and visitors alike.

Molly Boyter, M.S. 
Botanist, U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Molly moved to Wenatchee, WA in 2010 to take a position as a botanist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Her position entails inventorying and monitoring rare plants, and working on restoration projects in shrub-steppe including native plant materials production and post-fire restoration.  Previously she has worked for the BLM in Oregon, the National Park Service in northern Arizona, and a variety of other organizations in northern Idaho, Colorado, and southern California. Molly earned her B.S. in Biology from George Mason University in Virginia, and a M.S. in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University.

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