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Invasive Plant ID Course

Thu • May 24, 2018
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May 30, 2018 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location is in Invermere but TBD

About The Event

This is a course for anyone interested in increasing their invasive plant identification skills. This course introduces participants to invasive plant identification in the field as well as invasive plant control and removal methods. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands on experience with invasive species – feel free to bring a plant press or a camera to collect specimens.

Goals:

1. Learn characteristics of invasive species and how they spread.

2. Learn to use the field guide to identify invasive (and some native) plants.

3. Learn how to remove and dispose of invasive plants.

Requirements:

– Notebook and pen

– Clothing to go outside

– Optional: camera and/or plant press (to document plants)

* participants will receive a plant ID book to take home with them

Length: 3 hours

Course Schedule:

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and Introductions

Introduction of self and EKISC

Round-table introductions

1:15 – 1:45 Invasive Species Introduction

Definitions and characteristics of invasive species

Vectors of spread

Local examples

Management techniques

1:45 – 4:00 Field Identification

The field portion is an in-depth look at each invasive plant, it\’s characteristics, and possible look-alike species.

Participants may collect samples in plastic bags, plant presses, or photographs.

Some native species may also be identified.

Location: Will be determined closer to the date.

COST: To assist in providing these regional invasive species workshops, EKISC requests your support through a recommended donation of $15 per person (receipts available upon request, includes plant ID book). By donating to EKISC, you are contributing to our ongoing education and outreach programs, such as training workshops, that prevent the spread of invasive species into the beautiful East Kootenay region. Donations can be provided by cheque or cash.