Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants

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Whether you work in salt marshes or freshwater wetlands on the Coastal Plain, you will find this course invaluable. It begins with a brief introduction to wetland plant characteristics and the easy-to-use keys in the instructor's book - "Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern U.S. and Neighboring Canada." The book covers over 500 plants found in saline and freshwater wetlands across the region. The rest of the course is field-oriented with hands-on learning to recognize the characteristic plants of tidal wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic region. Students work in small groups to use the keys to identify plants. Field exercise begin with trips to local salt marshes, then to brackish marshes, and ends in a slightly brackish marsh where many plants common to the region's freshwater wetlands can be found. Join us for a day in the field with an ecologist with over 40 years of experience in wetlands.

Course Topics:

-Tidal wetland definition and types
-Factors affecting wetland plant establishment in tidal environments
-Overview of diagnostic plant characteristics
-Use of dichotomous keys to identify tidal wetland plants
-Field exercises – salt marsh plant identification
-Overview of tidal wetland plant communities – salt to tidal freshwater
-Field exercises – salt, brackish, and tidal freshwater plant identification

Tuckerton, NJ
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Define and classify tidal wetlands,
Learn to identify tidal wetlands plants using dichotomous keys,
Identify salt, brackish, and freshwater plants in the field.
Ralph Tiner
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Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education

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