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Eastern Forest Ecosystems

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The native vegetation in most of the Mid-Atlantic region is temperate deciduous forest. In the lecture portion of this course, we will learn how history, geography, evolution, climate, bedrock and soil determine the nature of our woodlands. We will then look at the various types of organism that populate our forest ecosystems and study how webs of matter and energy bind them together. The final lectures will discuss patterns of short-term and long-term change within the Eastern forest. Three full-dayfield trips--to Appalachian, Piedmont and Coastal Plain locales--will provide hands-on experience with some of the plant and animal species that characterize the major forest communities of our area. No Class on October 19. Field Trip Dates: October 7, October 21, and November 4. Audubon Naturalist Society Senior Naturalist Stephanie Mason will assist with the field trips.This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History FieldStudies.

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