I spent the afternoon today, at the University of Calgary herbarium with a study group of the Alberta Adopt-a-plant association. This group has been in action for a few years, and has a mission to empower people to learn about and monitor species at risk in Alberta. This is a volunteer driven organization, and people volunteer to learn and monitor their respective plant. I had the pleasure of looking for Carex nebracensis last summer, although i didn ‘t find the species, I enjoyed learning and searching for it.
Today we studied the cruciferacea (mustards) group of plants, and specifically slender mouse-eared cress (Halimolobus virgata).
Events like this are a great way to learn about plants, both native and those at risk. Seeing real pressed samples gives one a great opportunity to compare species. I say hooray for the U of C herbarium, Adopt a plant, and the great volunteer organizers Leslie Monteleone, and Dana Bush. This group is for amateur botanists and professionals. If you want to learn botany, check it out.