wild flowers

General Meeting – March 2020

Thu, Mar 12 , 2020
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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Minnesota Wildflowers: An Online Field Guide to the Flowers of MN

with Peter Dziuk

For the past 12 years, botanists Katy Chayka and Peter Dziuk have managed the website Minnesota Wildflowers, an online comprehensive guide to the wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, and ferns of Minnesota.

Katy is a Master Naturalist volunteer, and Peter is retired from the Department of Agriculture, where he worked on herbicides and invasive species, among other things. Peter is also a photographer who produces beautiful images that show the diagnostic features of the subject. At the start, he contributed 50,000 images for use in plant identification.

Minnesota Wildflowers includes more than 1,700 plant species and 16,000 photos. The website is now part of the nonprofit Minnesota Wildflowers Information (MWI), and provides keys to identify plants. It is user-friendly—available to new flower enthusiasts and pros alike. Site visitors can search plants by name or color, or look at what plants are currently blooming. The website also has a section on parks and natural areas to look for different species.
The project is recognized as the premier botanical reference for the State of Minnesota and is arguably one of the finest online botanical references anywhere in the world. There are about 750,000 users every year.

Dziuk will present a short history of MWI’s inception and development, and give an overview of its present status, future needs, and plans. He will briefly demonstrate how to find the name of a wildflower, and other ways to use the website. Dziuk can answer any plant questions you have. Visit www.minnesotawildflowers.info to see the website for yourself!