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Learn about the world of native sedges with Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and local expert

Would you know a sedge if you saw one, let alone be able to distinguish between different species? Join the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary to learn more about these unassuming, grass-like plants in an online class, slated for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. The class will be taught by W.K. Kellogg Biological Station alumnus and Michigan Natural Features Inventory botanist Dr. Tyler Bassett. 

Sedges are found in a wide variety of habitats on all continents except Antarctica, but even experienced field biologists can struggle with identification. Class participants will learn to distinguish key morphological traits for sedge species found in southern Michigan. 

The course is open to plant enthusiasts of all levels; cost is $15 for Sanctuary members and $20 for non-members.  

Register at bit.ly/kbs-sedgeid2020 by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22; space is limited.  

For more information about the Sanctuary, visit birdsanctuary.kbs.msu.edu. Direct questions to birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510. 

About the Sanctuary 

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. 

The Sanctuary’s grounds and trails remain open to visitors who observe proper safety and distancing guidelines, The Auditorium restrooms are open, though other buildings—including the Resource Center and Gift Shop—are closed. A walk-up window is available for guests to pay admission and purchase souvenirs or corn to feed the waterfowl. Current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Please consider supporting the Sanctuary by becoming a member. 

About the Kellogg Biological Station 

As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.