The tournament championship was captured by the team of Mark Bagaason, Chris Westrum, Rocky Eck, Dan Lindom and Wayne Watkins.
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Since early July, volunteers have been out on the Minnesota prairie taking a very special census of a threatened prairie wildflower. The prairie fringed orchid has been on the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants since 1989, and the annual census gives researchers important data necessary in the protection of the delicate orchid and its habitat.
Under the direction of Nancy Sather, botanist and the statewide orchid count coordinator, volunteers are out all over the state of Minnesota gathering data. Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at the U of M, Crookston and research biologist with the Northwest Research and Outreach Center along with seniors Kristine Neu, Pelican Rapids, Minn., a double major in horticulture and communication; Ben Sullivan, Crookston, Minn., a natural resources major; and Michael Knudson, Glencoe, Minn., GreenCorps member and UMC alum, recently assisted with the census at the Pankratz Prairie located 11 miles southeast of Crookston and owned by The Nature Conservancy.
The red flowers of a pitcher plant with a blue flag iris (left) and the elegant blooms of the showy lady's slipper, Minnesota's state flower, are among the current sights to be seen in the Nature Nook between Hill Hall and the Owen Hall Complex. Thanks to Professor Dan Svedarsky for sharing his photos!