May 2010 Archives

Yesterday, Janelle G. and Shelby F. helped me do the May census on the Hegg Lake plot of my local adaptation experiment. There were some surprises, including 3 or 4 NEW seedlings!
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Another surprise was a visit from this fawn.
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Another interesting discovery was a cluster of egg sacs. Anybody know what critter would leave these?
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Today and tomorrow we plan to census the two South Dakota plots that are part of this experiment.

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With the early spring we've been having in Minnesota, I was curious about whether the Echinacea plants were sprouting. My husband and I made a day-trip out to Douglas County last Saturday (May 1). I did a quick check of my crossing experiment plot at Hegg Lake. I found some of the toothpicks we used to mark seedlings last summer, along with some of the plants--which are now a year old. I plan to do a complete census in another couple of weeks.

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We also stopped by the common garden. Here's one of the plants--already quite a bit of growth on the first of May.

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