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Introduction to Identification and Ecology of San Francisco Estuary Tidal Marsh Plants

Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 8:30 am — 5:00 pm

Bay Conference Center | 3152 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920

This introduction to the botany of San Francisco Bay tidal marshes provides basic skills for recognition and identification of the majority of plant genera and species in the San Francisco Estuary’s tidal brackish and salt marshes, and their terrestrial transition zones (ecotones), as well as a primer on the basic ecology of many species. The workshop does not presume technical knowledge of plant morphology and terminology needed to work taxonomic keys, but emphasizes visual understanding of diagnostic traits specific to tidal marsh plant genera, using photographs of plants growing in variable environments, as well as some live specimens. The species covered will include both native and non-native tidal marsh plants, and many selected uncommon to rare plants. Basic ecology reviewed will include geomorphic settings, environmental tolerances, plant associations and interactions, reproduction, dispersal, establishment, and growth. The workshop is aimed at resource managers, regulatory agency staff, naturalists, amateur botanists, and students and whose expertise is either outside classical botany, or who know tidal marsh plants primarily from other regions.

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