Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Tall Timbers and Birdsong Nature Center 
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

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Brian Wiebler 
Tall Timbers 

Fall Flora Course

Tall Timbers and Birdsong Nature Center are hosting a new Fall Flora Course on September 20-22, 2019 from 5:00 PM on Friday to 3:00 PM on Sunday.  This fun introductory level field course is limited to 16 participants and the $350 registration includes lodging, meals, pocket magnifier and field guide. Expect a weekend of in-the-field experiences and short lectures to expand your plant identification skills, with a special focus on the many grasses that populate pine savannas.  Join us for this unique Red Hills natural history experience. 

Course Information

This introductory level mini-course is designed for citizen scientists, individuals involved in natural history inventory work, and plant enthusiasts. Participants will have a weekend in the field at Tall Timbers, Birdsong, and possibly some nearby plantations. We will cover many different plant species, but will pay special attention to grasses and other graminoids.

Dorm style lodge is provided at Tall Timbers with double occupancy rooms, kitchen space, and a gracious living room for socializing.  Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinners are all provided for an immersive experience.  The habitats of Tall Timbers and Birdsong range from open fields, old-field mixed pinelands, and beech-magnolia hammocks.  Wetland habitats in Lake Iamonia and the Ochlockonee River are nearby, and mature longleaf pine woodlands in the Red Hills may be accessed for special studies.  These habitats are rich in animal and plant diversity.   

Dr. Richard J Carter has been on faculty at Valdosta State University since 1984 where he is Director of the herbarium and Professor of Biology, teaching courses in local flora, dendrology, plant systematics, and ethnobotany.  Active in various professional organizations, he is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a Henry Beadel Fellow at Tall Timbers.  His research objectives are a floristic manual of the Georgia coastal plain and a comprehenisve taxonomic treatment of the sedge genus Cyperus for the Southeastern United States. 

About the Red Hills Natural History Alliance
Tall Timbers and Birdsong share roots in the study and appreciation of the natural history of the organisms and habitats of North Florida and South Georgia. The Red Hills Natural History Alliance is a collaboration between these two organizations to provide participants with a better understanding of the wildlife, plants, and ecosystems of the region through immersive field short courses.  These courses are scholarly and educational in design and bring top professionals from throughout the natural science professions together for sessions of exploration and learning. 
Future course topics may include: Myrmecology (ants), Lepidopterology (butterflies and moths), Herpetology (reptiles, amphibians), Ichthyology (fish), Fire Ecology, Field Botany, Lichenology (Lichens), Archaeology, and Nature Photography.