After you have completed this online training you will be familiar with:
The mission and activities of the Weed Warriors program
The background and basic ecology of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (JHNWR)
The basic principles of ecological restoration and invasive species management
We will begin with basic information about the Weed Warriors program and its mission and activities at JHNWR. We will then discuss the ecology of the Refuge and the science of ecological restoration including the management of invasive plant species.
We will then explore some of the troublesome invasive species here at the Refuge in more detail.
You will be browsing through the on-line invasive plant catalog during the initial on-line portion of the training. Please don't feel it is necessary to memorize all the different species of invasive plants or their characteristics; just try and gain a basic familiarity with the contents. This information will be covered in much more detail during the in-house workshop and during field training.
Learning to distinguish these species becomes much more effective when done in their habitat. And essentially the entire field training will be spent learning the process of recognizing and distinguishing different invasive plant species.
The online invasive plant catalog will continue to be available for use as a reference when you need to refresh your memory or are unsure of something you've observed in the field.
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