Plants and Ecology of Aman Park: A Tour Led by Botanists With Over 50 Years of Experience

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Mon May 18, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Aman Park

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Plants and Ecology of Aman Park:
A Tour Led by Botanists With Over 50 Years of Experience

Presented by William (Bill) Martinus and Leon (Chip) Schaddelee, Botanists

Program Description 

The program will include a one-mile hike through the floristically rich Sand Creek floodplain forest and oak-forest upland.  The talk will focus on descriptions of the different plant communities of Aman Park, how the landscape was shaped by geology and history. We will see numerous plant species including ferns, grasses, sedges, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and learn the stories they tell.

White Trillium

Virginia Bluebells

Bellwort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biographies:

William (Bill) Martinus holds a B.A. in Art, Education, Natural Sciences, from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. He taught in public and private schools for 30 years. Bill formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Botanical Society. He conducts Natural Features Inventories of National Parks and numerous local parks and preserves.

Leon (Chip) Schaddelee holds a B.A. in English from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. He taught in public and private schools for 30 years. In the 1980-90s he was a field worker for Michigan Natural Features Inventory—traveling around the state of Michigan, tracking down historical records for rare plant species and inventorying. He also was a field worker for The Nature Conservancy—inventorying preserves and potential preserves. In 1989 he was a field worker for Michigan Natural Features Inventory conducting plant inventories for Allegan State Game Area.

William Martinus botanizing in the new Ottawa Sands property, Ottawa County Parks

Shirley Martinus, wife of William, finding a curious tree in Van Buren Street Dunes, Ottawa County Parks

Leon (Chip) Schaddelee exploring in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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