Friday, December 10, 2010

Is this really fun? .....

Wildlife Botany
Final Lab Practical
140 Specimens, 93 Slide Pics, and 2-Part Written Exam

I have to say that most wildlife students are not thrilled about the idea of the Wildlife Botany course when they first walk through our doors. However, this course is turning out graduates that are way ahead of many other wildlife graduates across the country when it comes to identifying herbaceous plants, vines, shrubs, and others not traditionally covered during a Dendrology course. This is a field-oriented course where we guarantee at least 250 important plants found in the Southeast. Each one has significant values. These range from non-native invasive plants that need to be eradicated or controlled, and others that provide important resources various wildlife species need at some point during their life cycle. So although many of our students don’t truly appreciate the course as they comb over the curriculum during that first visit to the College. They gain an understanding and appreciation for the information during the course. Moreover, my favorite part is when I get an e-mail or phone call from a graduate that says “Hey Graves, that botany course has paid off!”..... It truly does. I’m starting to think that it’s my favorite course to teach. (post by Chris Graves)

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