Zoom talk April 16 Wildflowers of the Keweenaw

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Naturalist Alex Graeff will present “‘Interesting’ Flora and Natural Communities of the Keweenaw” at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 16, on Zoom. Everyone is invited. Link to the presentation here.

Alex will include a brief description of geological features of the Keweenaw Peninsula that set the stage for some of the region’s natural plant communities.

He will discuss these communities, show some examples, and provide plenty of pictures of the lovely plants which are found here.

Alex, an ecologist by profession and botanist by inclination, currently works for the U.S. Forest Service at the Northern Research Station in Rhinelander, Wis. He is well-versed in the flowers, grasses, and sedges of the northern Great Lakes and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Michigan University, where he studied biology and plant community ecology.

After picking up an interest in plant identification during a Michigan Botanical Club foray in 2012, he spent much of the next decade focused on exploring and learning the region’s flora and natural communities.

Pictured, left to right, are three of the many plants Alex will feature in his talk: bird’s-eye primrose, Buxbaum’s sedge, and yellow lady’s slipper.