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Conference Workshops

Workshops are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 8. Workshops are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Except if otherwise noted, transportation from the convention center to Workshops located offsite of the convention center will be via carpooling. For such offsite workshops, we will forward the names and email addresses of all those who sign up for a workshop to the workshop organizer prior to the conference, who will contact each participant in advance to set up a time for a brief meeting to provide directions and work out the details of who will be driving. If you signed up for a workshop and if you have not heard from the workshop leader by April 10, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a workshop, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the workshop leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the workshop has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Workshop 1: Enhancing the Edibility of Northeast Landscapes with Native Species

Date and time: Saturday 13 April, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Location:  Room B.

Instructors: Russ Cohen and Georgia Hann

Description: There’s an increasing inclination to utilize more native species in home landscaping, and in parks and other conserved landscapes, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects. Yet, for some property owners/managers, this alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native”. The fact that many native species are edible by people too provides an additional powerful incentive for people to plant them. Juneberries (Amelanchier spp.), for example, are equally edible by songbirds and people and taste like a cross between cherries and almonds. Edible wild plants offer opportunities for people to connect to nature via their taste buds, thereby building their enthusiasm and public support for adding edible native plants to their home landscaping, as well as conserving other lands that offer foraging opportunities. Adding native edible plants to a landscape can boost biodiversity as well as “spice it up” (literally as well as figuratively – i.e., we can have our acorn cake and eat it too). Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, to learn about the comestible qualities of at least two dozen species of edible wild plants native to the ecoregions of the Northeast. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Russ will also talk about his post-retirement role as a “Johnny Appleseed” for native edible species, collecting, storing, and sharing seed, propagating plants from some of that seed in his nursery, and forming partnerships with land trusts, municipalities, state and federal agencies, tribal groups and others, to plant plants from his nursery on appropriate places on their non-rare-habitat properties. The first part of the workshop will be a PowerPoint presentation will be accompanied by real-life examples of edible native plants from his nursery, some of which will be available for participants to take home. For the second portion of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at native seed processing and sowing, and will be able to take those home as well. Last but not least, Russ will provide printed handouts and bring along samples of foraged goodies made from edible native species for people to taste.

Limit of 25 participants for the full workshop including the hands-on seed processing and sowing portion.

No fee.

For more information: contact Russ Cohen at eatwild@rcn.com.


Workshop 2a and 2b: Program R for Absolute Beginners

Date and time: Friday 12 April—2a: 9 am to 1 pm; 2b: 2:00 to 6:00 pm (both sessions will be identical; added the second session to accommodate the popular demand for this workshop)

Location:  Room C.

Instructors: Kristine Hoffmann, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Lawrence University

Description: Join us for a gentile introduction to Program R, the fastest growing language for data science and the new norm for statistical analysis in journals. This workshop is intended for those who have no experience or those who are just getting started in learning this language, but who are computer literate and comfortable in Microsoft Excel. We’ll walk through the basic components of R Studio and how to import data, manipulate data, run simple statistical tests and other functions, make plots, and find help online. We’ll discuss troubleshooting, common pitfalls, and how to boost your confidence with this software. Participants will receive instructions on how to download the needed software ahead of time. Bring your laptop so you can play along.

Limit of 20 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Kris Hoffman at khoffmann@stlawu.edu.


Workshop 3: Photographing Mosses and Other Small Plants

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 1–4 pm

Location: Meet at Trailhead for Frost Trail at Mt. Toby on the north side of Bull Hill Road, a quarter mile west of Route 63 in Sunderland, MA.

Instructors: Jerry Jenkins, Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

Description: This is a workshop on landscape and close-up photography, especially stacking and HDR. I will have a couple of cameras and tripods for people to use, plus other gear. Bring your own gear if you want. We will talk about field photography and take some pictures, then get together sometime during the conference to compare results.

Limit of 6 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Jerry Jenkins at jcjenkins@hughes.net.


Other 2019 NENHC workshops will be listed here as they are confirmed.



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