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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Bunker, Marguerite [1], McDermott, Amber [2], Hanes, Margaret Mae [3].

Plant Species Checklist for Fish Lake Field Station (Eastern Michigan University).

Eastern Michigan University owns a field station in Lapeer, MI called Kresge Environmental Education Center at Fish Lake. The 240 acre property is located in the tension zone and comprises unique components of the northern and southern limits of many plant species. The field station encompasses nine unique plant communities including a 10,000 year old bog, several vernal pools and wet meadow. We present a publically available, vouchered, imaged and georeferenced checklist for the property. A total of 412 species (in 234 genera and 91 families) have been recorded and are represented by 526 vouchered specimens at EMC. The most well-represented families are Asteraceae and Cyperaceae. Six new county records have been uncovered and updated in the Michigan Flora. Sixty species have a Coefficient of Conservation score of five or higher (eight species have a score of 10). Six species are listed as plants of special concern, threatened, or endangered and three are DNR defined invasives. Adjacent to the Fish Lake property is the Lapeer State Gaming Area (LSGA), a 9,000-acre property run by the state. Comparisons between the two properties demonstrate that they share 68.4% of species and 76.2% of families though additional species are found only at the field station and absent from the LSGA. The field station is home to 57.2% of species and 73.4% of families in Lapeer County and 14.5% of species and 52.3% of families in the state. For more than 50 years, the field station at Eastern Michigan University has provided Biology students and faculty with a wide variety of plant communities to explore biodiversity, learn field skills, conduct long-term research and collaborate across disciplines. As the only field station in southeastern Michigan it stands as an important resource for school children and other Universities to explore a diversity of pristine habitats.

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1 - Eastern Michigan University, 401M Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197, USA
2 - Eastern Michigan University, 401M Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197, United States
3 - Eastern Michigan University, 441 Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197, USA

Field Station
Species Checklist.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 32, Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization II
Location: Fort Worth Ballroom 6/Omni Hotel
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Time: 4:15 PM
Number: 32003
Abstract ID:329
Candidate for Awards:None

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