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June 2019 

Aquatic Plant Identification Trainings



Training Description


Experts Susan Knight of UW-Trout Lake Station, Paul Skawinski from UW-Extension Lakes, and Ali Mikulyuk 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. 

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

Your $25 registration fee includes training and a lunch. This does not include lodging.

New this year will be the option to take an "Aquatic Plant Taxonomic Assurance" exam at the end of the workshop. Passing this hands-on exam will add your name to a list of assured service providers published on the University of Wisconsin website. In the future, use of assured service providers will be encouraged by DNR grant funding programs.


While registering, participants have the option to purchase the Through the Looking Glass, 2nd Edition field guide for $20 during registration which will be delivered to you at your workshop. Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest, 3rd Edition is currently out of stock. This book is being reprinted in a new printing format (same edition)
this spring and may be available for sale at the workshop.

These publications are also available through the UWEX Lakes bookstore.

          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.

We will be offering four training opportunities this June.  Two trainings at both a Southern and Northern location.  See below for details.

Southern Location - Green Lake Town Square - Green Lake, Wisconsin

Choose one of two full-day trainings  

June 11th OR June 12th       8:30 am-5:00 pm


Lodging

On-site lodging is not available at this location. Participants are responsible for finding their own lodging accomodations in the area if needed. The Comfort Inn in Ripon is the closest hotel.

Agenda

8:30 am  Basic aquatic plant ID & ecology
9:15        ID rotation #1, questions, practice
  10:30      Break      
        10:40      ID rotation #2, questions, practice
12:00      Lunch (catered)
12:45      PI method overview, plant pressing demonstration
1:30        Field identification of aquatic plants
3:00        Breakout sessions
4:30        Hands-on exam for aquatic plant taxonomic assurance
        5:00        Adjourn


Breakout Sessions 

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 could 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 .


Workshop Location:        Green Lake Town Square

Meeting Room:  Studio A
492 Hill Street
Green Lake, WI 54941

(920) 807-0008

Directions

From Highway 73 or Highway 39

Take Hwy 23 eastbound toward Green Lake. Turn right on S. Lawson Drive. Follow the curve to the right after the bridge to follow South Street. Turn left on Gold Street, then right on Hill Street. The Town Square Community Center will be on your left. Street parking is available on all sides of the Town Square.

From Ripon/Fond du Lac

Take Highway 23 westbound toward Green Lake. Turn left on Thrasher Drive. At the first intersection, continue straight on N. Lawson Drive. Turn left on Mill Street, and then right on Hill Street. The Town Square Community Center will be on your right. Street parking is available on all sides of the Town Square.




Northern Location - Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI


Choose one of two trainings - both options consist of a full day and the next morning until 12:15. 

June 25-26   OR   June 26-27   

First Day:  8:30 am-5:30 pm       Second Day:  8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lodging

Dormitory-style lodging is available at Kemp Station for $40 per night per person. Beds, pillows, linens, wool blankets, and bathroom/shower facilities are provided, but participants should bring their own sleeping bags and personal care items.

Contact Karla at Kemp Station for on-site lodging reservations karla.ortman@wisc.edu (715) 358-5667

Agendas

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* New this year will be the option to take an "Aquatic Plant Taxonomic Assurance" exam at the end of the workshop. Passing this hands-on exam will add your name to a list of assured service providers published on the University of Wisconsin website. Starting in December of 2020, use of assured service providers will be encouraged by DNR grant funding programs.


Breakout Sessions

Advanced Aquatic Plant ID

Know your plants pretty well? Ask questions or practice your taxonomic keying skills on some of the more cryptic species you might encounter. Species covered could include thin-leaved pondweeds, watermilfoils, bladderworts, naiads, bur-reeds, or others. This workshop is guided by the desires of the participants.

Point-intercept Aquatic Plant Survey Protocol

Learn or review the Wisconsin standardized aquatic macrophyte point-intercept sampling protocol. Use this breakout session to refine 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.

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.


Workshop Location:  Kemp Natural Resources Station

Connor Forestry Building
9161 Kemp Rd
Woodruff, WI 544568

(715) 358-5667

Directions

From Highway 51 southbound

Travel south on State Highway 51 to Hwy 47 in Woodruff. Turn left (south) on Hwy 47. Continue south on Hwy 47 for 3 miles and turn right onto Kemp Road (immediately after Mid Lake Road). Travel about 2 miles down Kemp Road, keeping to the right the whole time. Kemp Station is at the end of the road. Follow the signs to the Connor Forestry Building.

From Highway 51 northbound

Travel north on State Highway 51 and turn right on County Hwy D. Travel about 4 miles on Hwy D and turn left (north) on Hwy 47. Continue north on Hwy 47 for about 3 miles and turn left on Kemp Road. Travel about 2 miles down Kemp Road, keeping to the right the whole time. Kemp Station is at the end of the road. Follow the signs to the Connor Forestry Building.


​Training Facilitator


UW-Extension Lakes

​Training Co-Sponsors


    


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