June 2017 

Aquatic Plant Identification Trainings


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Training Description


Experts Susan Knight of UW-Trout Lake Station, Paul Skawinski from UW-Extension Lakes, and Michelle Nault from the Wisconsin DNR will introduce you to the many groups of aquatic plants that call Wisconsin lakes home, and teach you how to distinguish between the various species. 

Three popular aquatic plant identification guides are available for pre-order during registration at nicely reduced prices just for workshop participants.  Pre-ordered books will be delivered to you at the workshops. A small number of each guide will also be available for sale on-site.

Training sessions will help participants:

  • Understand the ecological role of aquatic plants in Wisconsin's water bodies
  • Learn how to distinguish the many species of aquatic plants that exist in Wisconsin
  • Learn about various aquatic habitats and which species like to grow there​

Central Location - Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES), Amherst, WI


FULL - June 5 (8:30 am-5:30 pm)

FULL - June 6 (8:30 am-5:30 pm)


Lodging: Dormitory-style lodging is available at CWES for $20 per night per person.


Agenda
8:30 am-2:00 pm     Classroom in Sunset Lodge - Plant ecology and identification
12:00-12:45 pm       Lunch (catered)
2:00-3:00 pm           Field identification of aquatic plants on Sunset Lake
3:00-4:30 pm           Choose one breakout session

Advanced Aquatic Plant ID

Know your plants pretty well? Practice your taxonomic keying skills on some of the more cryptic species you might encounter. Species covered will likely include thin-leaved pondweeds, watermilfoils, bladderworts, naiads, bur-reeds, and others. This workshop is guided by the needs of the participants.

Algae Identification

Learn to identify some of Wisconsin’s most common macroscopic algae, including filamentous green algae. Learn how to recognize blue-green algal bloom-forming groups as well.

Point-intercept Aquatic Plant Survey Protocol

Learn or review the Wisconsin standardized aquatic macrophyte point-intercept sampling protocol. Use this breakout session to standardize your methods and practice in-field sampling, data recording, and aquatic macrophyte identification.

Wetland Invasive Species ID

This session will explore many invasive wetland plants that are threatening and invading waterbodies across the state. Learn how to recognize and identify the invaders of most concern, and how to distinguish them from similar native species.

4:30-5:30 pm            Characeae: Dr. Ken Karol, New York Botanical Garden; Dr. John Hall, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Please note: Participants should bring a hand lens and their own copies of field guides, if possible. Please also bring rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. for outdoor afternoon activities.

Participants have the option to purchase these three field guides during registration (they will be available on your workshop day):
Through the Looking Glass (2nd edition) = $20
Lake Plants You Should Know = $10

These publications are also available through the UWEX Lakes bookstore.

Workshop Location:
10186 County Road MM 
Amherst Junction, WI 54407 
715-346-2937 

Traveling to CWES 
The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station is located about 15 miles east of Stevens Point. 

From I-39/Stevens Point 
Travel east on Highway 10 for about 10 miles and take a left on Hwy 161 east. After about 3 miles, turn left on County Highway A. Continue on Hwy A for 1.5 miles and turn right on Hwy MM. The entrance for CWES will be about one mile down on your left. Continue to the parking lots at the end of the driveway to park. 

From Appleton
Travel west on Highway 10 for about 50 miles. Turn right onto County Highway B. Travel about 2 miles on Hwy B and turn left on Hwy T. Continue on Hwy T for about 5 miles and turn left on Hwy MM. In about ¼ mile, take the second entrance on the right for the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Continue to the parking lots at the end of the driveway to park.

Northern Location - Kemp Natural Resources Station Boathouse, Woodruff, WI


FULL - June 27 (8:30 am-5:30 pm)

FULL - June 28 (8:30 am-5:30 pm)

FULL - June 29 (8:30 am-4:30 pm)


Lodging: Dormitory-style lodging is available at Kemp Station for $40 per night per person.

Contact Karla to reserve your lodging karla.ortman@wisc.edu, 715-358-5667

Agenda
8:30 am-2:00 pm          Classroom in Sunset Lodge - Plant Ecology and Identification
12:00-12:45 pm            Lunch (catered)
2:00-3:00 pm                Field identification of aquatic plants on Sunset Lake
3:00-4:00 pm                Choose one breakout session

Advanced Aquatic Plant ID

Know your plants pretty well? Practice your taxonomic keying skills on some of the more cryptic species you might encounter. Species covered will likely include thin-leaved pondweeds, watermilfoils, bladderworts, naiads, bur-reeds, and others. This workshop is guided by the needs of the participants.

Algae Identification
Learn to identify some of Wisconsin’s most common macroscopic algae, including filamentous green algae. Learn how to recognize blue-green algal bloom-forming groups as well.

Point-intercept Aquatic Plant Survey Protocol
Learn or review the Wisconsin standardized aquatic macrophyte point-intercept sampling protocol. Use this breakout session to standardize your methods and practice in-field sampling, data recording, and aquatic macrophyte identification.

Wetland Invasive Species ID

This session will explore many invasive wetland plants that are threatening and invading waterbodies across the state. Learn how to recognize and identify the invaders of most concern, and how to distinguish them from similar native species.
Note:  This break out session is not available Thursday, June 29.

Aquatic Invasive Plants on the Horizon
A number of aquatic invasive plants are on Wisconsin's doorstep. Learn to identify these new invaders before they arrive, so you are prepared to recognize them. 

Note:  This break out session is not available at the central location Monday, June 5, nor Tuesday, June 6.

4:30-5:30 pm               Characeae: Dr. Ken Karol, New York Botanical Garden; Dr. John Hall, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (not available on Thursday, June 29)

Please note: Participants should bring a hand lens and their own copies of field guides, if possible. Please also bring rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. for outdoor afternoon activities.

Participants have the option to purchase these three field guides during registration (they will be available on your workshop day):
Through the Looking Glass (2nd edition) = $20

Lake Plants You Should Know = $10

These publications are also available through the UWEX Lakes bookstore.

Workshop Location
9161 Kemp Rd 
Woodruff, WI 54568 
715-358-5667

Traveling to Kemp
Kemp Station is located between the towns of Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk, approximately 220 miles north of Madison, WI and 220 miles east of St. Paul, MN. A 2 mile, all-season road connects the Station to Highway 47 and the Wisconsin State highway system.

From Woodruff
Travel south on State Highway 47 for 3.95 miles. Turn right onto Kemp Road. Travel 2.0 miles down Kemp Road to the Station entrance. The Office and other buildings are located another 0.5 miles down the road.

From Lake Tomahawk
Travel north on State Highway 47 for 3.25 miles. Turn left onto Kemp Road. Travel 2.0 miles down Kemp Road to the Station entrance. The Office and other buildings are located another 0.5 miles down the road.

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