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Wildflower Identification with Newcomb Key (Traverse City)

Sponsoring Organization: Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan

Date: February 6

Start Time: 6 pm

End Time: 8 pm

Location : The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Description of the Event: 

Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

MGANM presents "Wildflower Identification with Newcomb Key" featuring guest speaker Angie Lucas from the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm. Using her education and vast field experience in the field, Angie will cover the various ways to identify wildflowers using the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Join us for this interactive discussion on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

With a flower guide, it may be straightforward to identify a plant. However, some plants have dopplegangers and look like others. Some plants may not be in bloom and need to be identified by leaf or stem characteristics. This type of identification is best accomplished through using a 'key' system to identify 'key' characteristics of the plant, insect or bird and narrowing the possibilities till you find the 'best fit'. 

Angie Lucas is a Senior Land Steward for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancey Conversancy and project manager for the Dryhill Grassland Project at Arcadia Dunes. Lucas assists volunteers with invasive species removal efforts, vegetation monitoring, and rare plant surveys on GTRLC Nature Preserves. After graduating from Northern Michigan University she worked at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Hiawatha National Forest, Pinnacles National Monument always with a dedication to protecting natural areas from non-native invasive plants.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the permanent protection and care of land. It has worked for more than 25 years to protect significant natural, scenic, and farm lands and to advance stewardship in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Antrim Counties. 

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) is to further the horticultural educational activities of MSU Extension and provide horticultural knowledge and experience to members, enabling them to share this knowledge with others through hardening projects, educational programs and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

Education Credit Hours: 1.5

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Earlier Event: February 6
Forest Pests (Cassopolis)
Later Event: February 7
MGANM Board Meeting (Traverse City)