PO Box 207 1241 Illinois River Rd Selma, OR 97538 Phone: (541) 597-8530 Fax: (541) 597-8533 Contact: Siskiyou Field Institute Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (spring to fall hours)
2019 Great Basin Flora: Botanizing on Steens and Hart Mountains
Instructors: Cheryl Beyer, M.S. and Janel Johnson, M.S. Dates: Friday-Sunday, July 19-21, 2019 Location: Meet at Malheur Field Station, Harney County, OR Tuition: $225; includes 2 nights lodging in a double-occupancy room at MFS; add $60 for a single-occupancy room. Commuter tuition: $165
Rising out of southeastern Oregon’s Alvord Desert, the basalt fault block Steens Mountain is a unique floristic island shaped by glaciation and Great Basin plate “rumpling.” Its plant communities rapidly shift from juniper and sagebrush to aspen/riparian to high alpine glacial valleys and lakes near the summit at 9733 ft. Seventy-five miles to the south, SheldonHart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is marked by salt-desert scrub, alkali flats, aspen woodlands, juniper communities and high alpine communities on Warner and Hart Peaks. It is also home to Greater Sage Grouse, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope. This field course will investigate the endemics, Sierra relics and Great Basin native plants found at Steens and Hart Mountains’ floristic “junctions.” We will observe the rejuvenation of species related to grazing recovery efforts at Hart Mountain and explore Steens endemics including Cirsium peckii, Castilleja pilosa var. steenensis, and the recently renamed Eriogonum ovalifolium var. rubidium. Students will have time to key out plants in a lab session (especially helpful for identifying eriogonum varieties) in addition to Saturday and Sunday trips in the field.
Lodging at Malheur Field Station is included in the course tuition, based on double occupancy in “A” dorm, which includes a hostel-style kitchen and living room area plus shared bathrooms. Please call SFI at 541- 597-8530 with lodging questions.