Linda W. Curtis

 

Linda Curtis ft sher sent Rend 2013 2012Botanist and Carexpert Linda Curtis has sold out Bog-Fen Carex of the Upper Midwest, 2015, and the previous  Woodland Carex.  The new book features Central Florida and also has digital microscope images as well  as macro-lens photos. The keys and descriptions make the task of identification easier.

Linda has a BS-Education from Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point and MS-Botany from UW-Milwaukee.  She taught at Lake Forest College, Barat College, McHenry College and the College of Lake County, Illinois, retiring in 2003. A former botany consultant and wetland delineator, Linda worked for environmental firms in the Midwest and the Department of Transportation. After retirement, Linda became a volunteer botanist for Florida Department of Environmental Protection and US Fish and Wildlife Service producing annual reports that aided management and volunteers.

Her first rare plant discovery was Megalodonta beckii, water marigold, in Cedar Lake, Lake County Illinois. That was documented in a discovery article for the Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science 1991. Linda enjoyed being a steward of Cedar Lake Bog for the Nature Conservancy. Even in winter, she and mate Jim would cross-country ski across the lake ice to the bog, now frozen and stable. In summer, it was a true quaking bog with cranberry, blueberry shrubs, pitcher plants in sphagnum moss. The tamaracks burned out in 1977 and never resprouted.

In Florida, Linda discovered the globally imperiled Carex paeninsulae  in the Crystal River Archaeological Park in 2015, endemic to only Florida. The discovery article appeared in the Journal of the Florida Native Plant Society, Palmetto, after several other articles on Carex.

In 2019 discovery of boreal Carex crawfordii in Illinois Audubon Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary in Lee County, Illinois and wrote the discovery article for Harbinger, Newsletter of the Illinois Native Plant Society. Linda writes Carex Corner as Lindaeus. Linda and husband Jim document the GPS location of each discovery. 

Linda’s first book was Aquatic Plant of Northeastern Illinois 1998, and  sold out quickly. The canoe-side photos of underwater plants were photographed in early morning when the sun’s rays penetrated deep water. She discovered rare Bryozoans and algae symbiotic sponges in Cedar Lake. Specimens sent to herbaria.

Linda also field searches for Carex in summer along the Lake Michigan beach-ridge coast,now including Chiwaukee West in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. As herbarium coordinator at Volo Bog State Park, she collected many rare bog plants and sent specimens as vouchers to the Illinois State Museum Herbarium. 

Annual reports include: Carex of Three Sisters Springs, Carex of the Lower Suwannee River,  Carex of Goethe State Forest, Carex of Gilchrist Blue Springs and Peacock Springs, Rainbow Springs State Park, Silver Springs State Park and USFWS Three Sisters Springs  in Florida. The discovery article for the globally imperiled Carex paeninsulae was published by Palmetto, the journal of the Florida Native Plant Society. In the Midwest, Linda has written Carex of Harrington Beach, WisconsinCarex of Illinois Beach State Park, and Carex of Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Also, Linda has a life membership in Illinois Native Plant Society and wrote in 2013 Carex of the Zion beach-ridge plain in 2013 ,Additions to the Volo Bog Herbarium 2010, written for Erigenia, Journal of Illinois Native Plant Society. Numerous articles were written for  Wisconsin Entomological Society, Illinois Audubon Magazine, and Horizons, Lake County Forest Preserves. Her column Carex Corner #12 was in Harbinger, Illinois Native Plant Society, Dec. 2021.

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