June 10 – 11, 2017
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Mosses, liverworts, and hornworts are a diverse group of land plants collectively referred to as bryophytes. Although often ignored by botanists, conservationists, and plant enthusiasts, bryophytes are fascinating plants. They have a unique life cycle, comprise the oldest extant lineages of land plants, have ecological and economical value, and are aesthetically pleasing. Illinois is home to hundreds of different bryophyte species occurring in a variety of habitats. Join instructor Abel Kinser for a weekend workshop on the biology, ecology, and identification of bryophytes for Illinois.
Cost: $25 for members
Includes lunch on Saturday. Both meat and vegetarian options will be available.
NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 7, 2017
9:00 AM – Bryo Lab Work at SIU, meet at Life Sciences II Building: Participants will examine some local bryophytes using microscopes so we can learn the differences between mosses and liverworts and how to identify them to genus and/or species.
11:30 AM – Lunch at Shelter 1 in Giant City State Park. Lunch will be provided.
12:00 – 3:00 PM – Exploration of Giant City State Park for bryophytes. We will learn how to identify common species found in a variety of habitats (moist sandstone cliffs, dry sandstone bluff tops, creeks)
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Exploration of Panther Den Wilderness Area. Panther Den is home to one of the best displays of bryophyte diversity in Illinois. We will review some of the common species from the first day and observe some rare liverworts for Illinois.
You must be in good physical condition to participate in the field outings