Natural Communities of Maine
June 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday, June 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | ONLINE
Monday, June 30, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
For a comprehensive understanding of Maine’s native plants, we must understand how these plants behave in their natural habitats. In this two-day introduction to the natural communities of Maine, ecologist Ted Elliman will acquaint students with several of Maine’s characteristic plant communities, their defining physical environments, and the natural processes affecting them. Students will learn the differences between community types such as salt marshes, red maple swamps, bogs, and floodplain forests. Discover common plants occurring in these communities as well as key plant adaptations for competing successfully in each. Day one meets online; day two meets at the Gardens, then travels to a local land trust property to apply lessons in the field.
Ted Elliman has been engaged in botanical work in New England and other northeastern states for more than thirty years. Most recently, he was a botanist and plant ecologist on the staff of the Native Plant Trust in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he conducted botanical inventories, natural community surveys, invasive species control programs, and helped publish Wildlfowers of New England.
The primary reference for this course is Natural Landscapes of Maine: a Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems by Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko. This book will be available for purchase on-site at the Gardenshop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Bring a lunch, sturdy waterproof shoes, and your sense of adventure. Rain date: Thursday, July 1, 2021