Plant Identification for Wildlife Biologists Online Course

Center for Wildlife Studies
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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Plants structure ecosystems and provide habitat and food for wildlife. As such, identifying and classifying plants are essential skills for wildlife biologists but are often underemphasized in wildlife curriculums or overlooked altogether. This course gives students a foundation in the practical skills needed to identify and classify plants in their location of interest (e.g., study area, forest, park, management unit). Students will learn how to define characteristics of plants, classify plants into major plant groups and common plant families, and use technical keys to identify plant species from their local areas. By the end, students will produce a digital plant collection for their location of interest. Credit from successful completion of this course can be used to earn professional certifications (e.g., The Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist®) and meet the minimum educational requirements for federal and state wildlife biology jobs that require formal education in botany and the related plant sciences. TOPICS: Major plant groups, from mosses to flowering plants Structure and terminology of flowers, leaves, and stems Identifying trees and shrubs Identifying herbaceous plants FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a two-month period. The course is divided into discrete competency-based modules composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises which may require visiting your local wildlife habitat. Student interaction and instructor feedback will be provided in the form of online discussion forums and live Q&A. Each student will also have the opportunity to meet with the instructor via video consultation to discuss their individual projects from school or work. DATES: May 22 - July 23, 2023 COST: Early bird course fee (ends April 24): $500 professional / $400 student Regular course fee (after April 24): $550 professional / $450 student ESA & TWS CEUs included for FREE!
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