Which books are best suited for Elimus preparation

Info Flora missions - in search of lost species - course date postponed!
Info Flora has a whole series of "missions" in store. The focus of this introductory course is on the "Discover missions" in which species that have long since been lost are to be found. This course offers short instructions on how to go on the botanical treasure hunt, how to prepare ideally and also gives an overview
about the other Info Flora missions.

In this course you will learn exactly what the Discover missions of Info Flora are and how you can easily reserve them. It also teaches how and where best to search and what to do if a species is found or not found. The inventory mission and the Cabane mission are also briefly presented.

Target group: Everyone who is interested in volunteering at Info Flora
Course type: field trip
Previous knowledge: None required, basic botanical knowledge is an advantage
Management: Andreas Gygax, Adrian Möhl
Place: yet to be determined
Date: 7/9/2021, all day
Costs: No
Registration: Until June 10th, 2021 to [email protected]

The habitats of Switzerland: Basic course - Habitat approach according to TypoCH - the course is already fully booked
In Switzerland there is an official typology of habitats, which is also anchored in the appendix to the Nature and Heritage Protection Act (NHG). The corresponding reference work with the description of the habitats is the book "Habitat of Switzerland" by Delarze & Gonseth. The certificate course shows how this reference work can be used in practice. In addition to various theoretical introductions, great emphasis is placed on exercises in the field. The course offers a broad start-up aid for addressing habitats and shows how this knowledge can be acquired.

The basic course for the TypoCH method is structured as follows:

Theoretical introduction: theory day with explanations on the structure of the typology. Practical exercises too
Standard description and identification cards. In addition, the ecological and legal basis and the protection and endangerment status of habitats are topics.

Excursion 1 open country: dry meadows, fringes and cultures: excursion with numerous examples and tasks. Which factors are important for addressing the habitat and how do I ideally prepare for mapping?

Excursion 2 Forests and humid locations: mesophilic and humid habitats are the focus here. Additional methods and determination of the minimum areas.

Target group: Biologists, employees of ecological offices or administration
Previous knowledge: Good knowledge of species necessary. Ideal 600 certificate or 400 certificate with the willingness to prepare accordingly
Management: Adrian Möhl, Stefan Eggenberg
Place: Bern (introduction)
Date: May 21, 2021, May 22, 2021, May 28, 2021 all day
Costs: CHF 750
Registration: the course is already fully booked

Umbelliferae for advanced learners: the Apiaceae of Switzerland - the course is already fully booked
The representatives of the Apiaceae family are often considered difficult to determine - although they differ considerably in terms of all similarities. In this double course, we want to take care of this family and take a close look at the critical nuts. How many species are there in Switzerland and which have been added in recent years? How do I differentiate between them in the vegetative stage and how can I distinguish the species based on the fruits?

The course is aimed at anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the umbelliferae in Switzerland and who already has basic knowledge. The family will be presented in detail on two excursions in different regions. Both very rare species and the variability of the individual species will be discussed. The course is bilingual, the first day in German, the second in French. The courses can also be booked independently.

Target group: Biologists, employees of ecological offices or administration, other interested parties
Previous knowledge: Good knowledge of species necessary. Ideal 600 certificate or 400 certificate with the willingness to prepare accordingly
Management: Phillppe Juillerat, Adrian Möhl
Place: Valais and Jura
Date: 4.6.2021, 7.6.2021, all day
Costs: CHF 280.- for both days or CHF 140.- per day
Registration: The course is already fully booked

The genus Salix in sight - pasture course for advanced learnersWillows are considered a difficult group and there are many reports in the national flora database that are noted as "unsafe". This course gives you the opportunity to perfect your knowledge and to create certainty in the identification, but also to deal with critical or unknown taxa.
The pasture course is structured as follows:

Identification studio and excursion 1 in Unterägeri (ZG): Identification of Salix species is practiced using living material. Which types are easy to determine, which are problematic? Which are the best tools around
To determine Salix species? This day is bilingual.

Excursion 2: Mountain pastures in the Albula region (GR). This area is a Salix hotspot and 17 species of willow can be found there. Bilingual excursion.

Target group: Biologists, employees of ecological offices or administration
Previous knowledge: Good knowledge of species necessary. Ideal 600 certificate or 400 certificate with the willingness to prepare accordingly
Management: Mario Mastel and Christophe Bornand
Place: Unterägeri (ZG), Albula region (GR)
Date: June 18, 2021, August 6, 2021, all day
Costs: CHF 250.- (or CHF 140.- per module)
Registration: Until May 1st, 2021 to [email protected]


Habitat Method TypoCH: Advanced training module habitat group 3: rock corridors, rubble and rubble

The advanced training modules of the habitat course are there to focus on the habitat groups that are not or only little dealt with in the basic course. This year's advanced training course focuses on habitat group 3, i.e. the glacier foreland, rocks and scree meadows.

In the supplementary course 2021, a chapter opens up that has never been dealt with in a course and is easily forgotten - habitat group 3. It goes without saying that we go up high and discover habitats that are not everyday. To get started, there are practical exercises to familiarize yourself with the method again and to apply the knowledge acquired in the basic course to Chapter 3. In the alpine region we will again and again have to struggle with intermingling and fragmentary formation of habitats - and the knowledge acquired here can also be transferred to similar issues in the lowlands.

The completed basic course is a prerequisite. Further interested parties after consultation.

target group: Biologists, employees of eco-offices or administration
Previous knowledge: Good knowledge of species necessary. Ideal 600 certificate or 400 certificate with the willingness to prepare accordingly
Management: Adrian Möhl, Stefan Eggenberg
Place: Valais
Date: 07/30/2021, all day
Costs: CHF 250
Registration: Until July 1st, 2021 to [email protected]

Aquatic plants: excursion and identification exercises on Lake Biel

Aquatic plants and especially the underwater plants are often alien to those interested in botanical studies. If you don't get into the water first, you will rarely see them and many are considered very difficult to pinpoint. And yet: this group is perhaps one of the most interesting in the plant kingdom. At Info Flora there are far too few reports on aquatic plants in the database - this course is intended to provide a remedy.

This course focuses on the particular difficulties involved in identifying aquatic plants. Which types can be easily determined, which ones take some practice? How do I proceed to collect the species and which literature is particularly suitable for this. How do I report aquatic plants to Info Flora and where are the particularly exciting macophyte corners in Switzerland? In addition to many identification exercises, practical collecting should also be practiced in the field.

Target group: Biologists, employees of ecological offices or administration
Previous knowledge: Good knowledge of species necessary. Ideal 600 certificate or 400 certificate with the willingness to prepare accordingly
Management: Adrian Möhl
Place: Lake Biel
Date: 08/06/2021, all day
Costs: CHF 140
Registration: Until July 13th, 2021 to [email protected]

Grass identification for advanced students II: Late flowering grasses
In this one-day advanced training course, the grasses of the collinous-montane level that only bloom from July (including many C4 grasses) are presented and studied and determined using collected material in an internship room. There are many different types of grass on display, including difficult-to-identify grasses and little-known neophytes.

The course takes place in the internship room of the Institute for Plant Sciences at the University of Bern. It begins with a theoretical introduction in which the often difficult identification characteristics are explained and then the characteristics are practiced and applied using collected plant material. Special attention is paid to the difficult groups from the genera Agrostis, Calamagrostis, Brachypodium, Digitaria, Elymus, Panicum, Setaria, Sporobolus, etc.

Target group: Field botanists
Previous knowledge: Basic knowledge of the morphology of the grass and species knowledge of the most important native grass species are required
Management: Stefan Eggenberg, Adrian Möhl
Place: Bern
Date: 08/27/2021. all day
Costs: CHF 140.-
Language: German
Registration: Until July 30th, 2021 to [email protected]

Updating Course Invasive Neophytes: Recognizing New Types of Lists and Using Them Correctly
The flora is dynamic; new exotic plants are establishing themselves in nature and some of them become problematic. Bring yourself up to date and get to know the black list and watch list of invasive and potentially invasive neophytes in Switzerland, which will be updated in 2021!

In this half-day course, the new lists are presented and the information necessary for dealing with the new invasive species is imparted.

Target group: Municipalities, cantons, eco-offices, NGOs, maintenance of green spaces and other interested parties
Previous knowledge: A prerequisite is a basic course on invasive neophytes or equivalent prior knowledge.
Management: Brigitte Marazzi, Corinne Huck
Place: Bern
Date: June 29th, 2021, max. Half a day!! Postponed to a date to be determined !!
Costs: CHF 50.-
Registration:Until May 15th, 2021 to [email protected]

Basic course neophytes: recognizing species and dealing with them correctly
Invasive alien plants or invasive neophytes are spreading more and more. They are a threat to native biodiversity, they change habitats and structures, they cause damage to agriculture and infrastructure, and certain species can even cause health problems for humans and animals. Only early intervention with the right measures can avoid major damage and high costs.

First, the problem of invasive neophytes in Switzerland and abroad is presented. The species are described and determined on the basis of fresh plant material, then the properties and effects, the appropriate handling, the control options and the legal basis are shown.

Specific examples will be shown and discussed on the excursion and the species will be reported using the Info Flora tools (InvasivApp).

Target group: Municipalities, cantons, eco-offices, NGOs, maintenance of green spaces and other interested parties
Previous knowledge: None required. Participation on the day of the course or a basic course completed last year is required for the excursion.
Management: Corinne Huck, Adrian Möhl
Place: Bern
Date: 3/3/2021 course, 4/4/2021 1/2 day excursion
Costs: Course CHF 140.-, course and excursion CHF 190.-
Registration: Until August 6th, 2021 to [email protected]

Field botany course 2021/2022 Graubünden & Liechtenstein
Aim: The most important goal of the field botany course is to enjoy a well-founded insight into botany. After successfully attending the course, the participants can address 300-400 plant species in the area, describe the basic structure of plants and individual plant organs, understand, apply and develop technical terms independently, recognize and name the characteristics of the important plant families, use identification literature, explain basic ecological relationships, important ones List habitats in the canton of Graubünden and Liechtenstein and characterize their ecology, typical species, endangerment and need for protection. The course can be completed with the field botany certificate from BirdLife Switzerland as well as the SBG 200 "Bellis" certificate from the Swiss Botanical Society

Requirement: no
Duration: 1 ½ years from February 27, 2021 to July 26, 2022
Begin: February 27, 2021
Registration deadline: January 31, 2021
Management: Christine Huovinen & Patrick Kiss
Course location: Chur Nature Museum and excursion areas in Graubünden & Liechtenstein
Course structure: The course includes 13 excursions and 4 theory events (half or full days).
Costs: SFr. 1250.-; various reductions possible
Information desk:Patrick kiss

Feldbotanik Graubünden: advanced excursions

Objective: A striking feature of the canton of Graubünden is the diversity of the landscapes, which are home to a mosaic of habitats for plants and animals. The appearance and occurrence of the habitats are closely related to location factors, land use and interrelationships between living beings. In the course, typical montane, subalpine and alpine habitats in Graubünden are explored, their flora is presented and discussed in the context of the reference work “Habitats of Switzerland”. The gives the opportunity to prepare for the certificate exams for field botany knowledge 400 Iris and 600 Dryas as well as for the exam habitat knowledge.
Requirement: Field botany course or similar prior knowledge.
Duration: April - August 2021
Begin: April 25, 2021
Registration deadline: March 31, 2021
Management: Markus Bichsel & Patrick Kuss
Course location: Excursion areas in Graubünden
Course structure: The course consists of 5 Saturday excursions as well as online lectures. Each day of the excursion can be booked individually.
Costs: SFr. 100.- per day of excursion visited
Information desk:Patrick kiss


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