Workshops

As of May 6, Registration for the June 2022 Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop is full.  Please contact Jason Husveth with inquiries regarding a waiting list.  Thank you!

Critical Connections Ecological Services, Inc. is pleased to again offer a three day sedge identification workshop on Wednesday, June 15, Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, 2022.  This intensive course will be taught by Jason Husveth and will focus on the Sedges (Carex) of Minnesota.  Now in its twelfth year, the workshop is taught within a modern plant laboratory at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus Plant Growth Facilities. This three day workshop will be taught 2/3 in the lab/classroom, and 1/3 in the field.  The curriculum will include an introduction to all of the Minnesota sedge genera (Cyperaceae), with a focus on the identification of Carex species using live plant material collected in the days prior to the workshop.  Over 70 Minnesota Carex species were provided as live material at several previous workshops, as well as more than 20 additional species representative of other Minnesota sedge genera.  Year after year, the Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop proves useful to beginner and experienced field botanists, ecologists, professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in identifying Carex taxa to species. Our goal is to provide a rare experience, connecting a community of like minded sedge enthusiasts with a broad diversity of Carex species. This course is accredited as 18 direct hours of continuing education units (CEUs) for the MN Board of Soil and Water Resources’ new Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program (MWPCP).  An updated and revised taxonomic Key to the Carex of East-Central Minnesota (Husveth 2019) will be provided to all students. This year, we will also be teaching from Welby Smith’s Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota, recently published in August 2018.

Students can expect to complete the course with:

1) An introduction and basic knowledge of all sedge (Cyperaceae) genera occurring in Minnesota (15 genera as per The Flora of North America, Vol. 23, 2002),

2) The ability to recognize and identify common and unusual Minnesota native Carex species in the field and in the lab,

3) Knowledge of required specimen collection methods to enable proper Carex identification in the lab, (students can make their own collection of pressed specimens from live material provided at the workshop),

4) The ability to use dichotomous keys to identify Carex to species in the field.   Students will be taught useful Carex field-identification concepts and shortcuts, as described in Voss’s Michigan Flora (Vol. 1.), Wheeler’s Key to the Carex of MN, Husveth’s revised Key to the Carex of East-Central Minnesota, Zager and Norris’ Carex of Iowa, and the Flora of North America (Vol. 23: Cyperaceae), and,

5) In all of the past 11 years, students successfully key live Carex specimens to species by the noon lunch break on the first day of the workshop.

Jason Husveth is a professional ecologist and botanist working throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwestern United States. Jason has over twenty years of academic, field, and herbarium experience identifying, collecting, photographing, and documenting sedge species in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest and throughout the Eastern United States. Jason has been trained in sedge identification by Dr. Anton Reznicek (Flora of North America: Cyperaceae and Michigan Flora), Dr. Robert H. Mohlenbrock (Illustrated Flora of Illinois),  Dr. Susan Galatowitsch (Graduate Advisor, University of Minnesota), and Dr. William Norris and Scott Zager (Sedges of Iowa). Jason has taught sedge identification courses in the field and in lab settings, and has lead dozens of plant identification field trips to native wetland and upland habitats throughout Minnesota. Jason not only knows and loves sedges; he knows how to teach others to navigate through sedge diversity to understand the underlying concepts on how to identify, learn, and remember sedge species of Minnesota.

Please look for additional plant identification workshops that we plan to offer in the coming year, including a Carex: Section Ovales workshop (July 2022), and an Advanced Wetland Plant Identification workshop (July 2022), and Rubus of Minnesota (August 2022).  Announcements for additional workshops will be released in late winter/early spring 2022.

Workshops

Event

Sedges of Minnesota
Three Day Identification Workshop

Dates

Lab:   Wednesday, June 15, Thursday, June 16 Field: Friday, June 17, 2022

Instructor

Jason Husveth, Botanist/Ecologist

Cost

$600 per Student / Limit 25 Students       (Possibly Fewer in 2022)

As of May 6, Registration for the June 2022 Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop is full.  Please contact Jason Husveth with inquiries regarding a waiting list.  Thank you!

Registration typically has filled by March 31 of each year. Please feel free to email Jason Husveth with questions or to arrange for registration while your payment is being processed with your employer or agency. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of full payment or purchase order. Thank you.

 

Location (Lab)

University of Minnesota
St. Paul Campus
Plant Growth Facilities West
Lab 136
St. Paul, MN

Please note: We will follow the current health and safety policies and protocols of the University of Minnesota, at the time of the June 2022 workshop.

 

Location (Field)

Sedge-Diverse Natural Areas of Anoka County and/or Northern Washington County, MN

 

To Register

Please download a registration form and course announcement or contact Jason Husveth at jhusveth@ccesinc.com for more information and a registration form.  This course is accredited as 18 hours of continuing education credit towards BWSR’s Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program.