July 2013 Archives

Another Wednesday dawned bright, but wet, for Team Echinacea. Mike and Reina left early this morning to go to St. Peter before eventually heading to ESA. Sarah visited several remnants to monitor phenology. Sara Z also worked on her independent project in the morning, identifying ants. Kory and Marie went to Hegg Lake: Marie to assess the phenology of Dayvis's plants, and Kory to watch pollinators. Both Lydia and Ilse helped with the crossing experiment in the common garden.

After lunch, Nicholas and Marie measured the two-year old hybrids in Josh's garden. All other team members continued to work on crossing.

Above: A thriving hybrid at Hegg Lake. I decided to check up on my plot while doing phenology for Dayvis.

There are a lot of left-overs from Pam's party to supplement tonight's dinner. Lydia is getting creative by mixing bratwurst into black bean soup (expertly pureed to perfection by her Cuisinart). Cheesy Bisquick biscuits will accompany the soup. Yum!

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Today, we said hello once again to the muggy weather and clouds of mosquitoes. Phenology data was collected from the common garden in the morning. I collected my own flowering phenology data, too. Most of the plants in the remnants I'm using are finishing up flowering now!
After lunch, Reina and Mike counted trichomes while the rest of us measured plants in the common garden. The mosquitoes were out in droves and it was difficult to keep up morale. Thankfully, Marie and I found a little friend. We fondly named him/her Herb.
Later on in the evening, the whole team went to where Pam is staying with Susan to eat dinner and hang out. It was a lovely time with delicious food and wonderful company. I know I'm not the only one who ate too much!
Looking forward to a windier day tomorrow!

Sarah B

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Another bustling day here in Douglas County. Gretel, Ilse, Ruth, and I continued working on the crossing experiment this morning while everyone else got busy with their independent projects. Mike and Reina were taking pictures of plants and counting trichomes while Marie and Kory were at Hegg Lake. Sarah B (you guessed it) continued her work on phenology while Sara Z collected some very mysterious ants that have been eating the head of one of the plants in the crossing experiments (uh oh).

After lunch the group started measuring plants in the common garden. While the weather forecast said only 10% chance of rain today, we got hit with some definite showers and were forced to abandon outdoor work for the rest of the day. Instead we had our second group tutorial in R where we learned some more basics like randomization and creating data frames.


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Today Reina, Mike and I went out to do phenology this morning, along with Gretel, Stuart and Per it went by pretty quick! I found this confused ray florette this morning.

And below is a head with just one lone anther...enjoying its last day of flowering.

In the afternoon Gretel and I worked on continuing crossing in the qGen experiment. All in all it was a relatively quiet day here in Kensington.

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Hello everyone!

The cold spell that we have been under is still hanging around. Which for me means I can sleep in for once on the weekends; on the flip side the pollinators will not be out, and no data can be collected.


Here is a picture of a pollinator that I saw, unfortunately I did not see her today... On the bright side tomorrow is predicted to be sunny and not windy! I am hoping for a bumper day tomorrow!

May the pollinators be every plentiful,

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This morning we had Tv people film us doing phenology and other various projects such as stipa, crossing, and trichome picture taking. The weather decided to be cloudy in the morning, rain for about an hour, become cloudy again, and then be nice and sunny! The afternoon consisted of more picture taking of trichomes and stipa searching. Kory was even able to pin a few pollinators! It was a productive day overall.


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This morning started out with some of the crew at varying remnants working on independent projects and some were at the Hjelm house: Reina and Pam were working on their trichome data, while Sara Z worked on pinning ants, Lydia and I began some crosses but were soon rained out. Before we got rained out however I found this large fly larva in the head of the plant I was crossing...normally they are transparent-ish...this one however had a hay day with the pollen and as you can see is quite orange!full_magot.jpg

Once the rain put a stop to the crosses for the morning we worked on organizing and taking inventory of the pollen that has been collected thus far for the crossing experiment (qGen2).

After lunch today Stuart gave the crew a brief introduction into the wonderful world of R...OHHHHH the possibilities....

Then, later in the afternoon, we had many hands on deck helping with crosses that had been prioritized for the day. The most important thing about crossing is that you accessorize well while doing it, and what better way to accessorize than to have a handy bract painting bracelet! Below I am showing proper bracelet wearing technique.

These bracelets are all the rage right now at the Hjelm house, and they certainly are not going out of "style" anytime soon! (Or at least not until the crossing experiment is finished). Well, I must say we are very fashion forward here in Kensington, and I'm sure no one will be caught without one tomorrow because of the exciting happenings that are to be taking place tomorrow morning....but I shouldn't say anymore just yet....stay tuned!

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Hey everyone!

Today was a very beautiful day, sunny and high in the mid 70's. I am loving these cooler temps, however the cool weather makes it hard to guess when the pollinators will be out and buzzing. I did have an interesting visitor on one of my heads though, I would not have guessed to see a bumblebee visit. Dayvis (who is on the other side of Hegg Lake) also saw one too! Strange times we are living in, strange times.

Sarah B is still working on her phonology project and Sara Z has been working hard on her project regarding ants! MIke, Reina, and Marie worked on their projects for most of today as well. Later in the afternoon some people went out to collect pollen for the crossing experiment and even got in a few crosses!

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Today was a beautiful day in Kensington, with a nice breeze and a high in the upper 70s. The pollinators apparently disagreed with this assessment, as both Dayvis and Kory had trouble finding them at their respective plots in Hegg Lake this morning. Back at the Hjelm House, Marie, Reina, Mike, and Gretel worked on phenology in the common garden. Flowering is finally well under way, although no one has a good estimate for the percentage of flowering heads. The Sara(h)s visited 5 remnants to monitor flowering and capture ants.


In the afternoon, Reina, Mike, and Pam worked on a poster for ESA. Marie and Dayvis went back to Hegg Lake with Sulu to find some well-concealed pallida plants. The rest of the crew worked on crosses in the common garden.

Dinner by Dayvis was delicious as usual, although he complained vociferously about the stove burning the lentils he had planned to serve. Reina donated two blocks of fudge given by her mother (Turtle and Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt). Sara Z went missing, and has no idea of the culinary delights that she missed out on.

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Today was a busy day for Team Echinacea. The morning started off with phenology in the common garden. We have a lot of flowering Echinacea and many of them are far along! It was a nice, cool, dewey morning, a pleasant change from the heat and humidity this week. Too bad the dew didn't stick to the spider web so that this poor fella' may have avoided being breakfast...


Afterwards, Lydia continued her aphid addition and exclusion experiment then gave Hattie a hair wrap.

Marie finished scanning her plot. Now she has much analyzing to look forward to! Dayvis and Marie also report gopher sightings at Hegg Lake.

Sarah and I worked together on our projects. Sarah continued her phenology at the Landfill sites while I followed looking for ants on Echinacea. It was a cool and wet morning so the ants were not very active. We did have several close encounters with an electric fence at Around Landfill, but no on-the-job accidents today.


Currently, Mike and Reina are at the Grant County Fair. Lydia (with the help of Sarah, Dayvis, and Marie) polished off leftover pizza that Marie made. It was Marie's rendition of dining hall pizza: buffalo tofu; to which Lydia says, "I think it tastes fine." It's finally gone, now we are looking forward to Marie's next culinary creation.

Ilse is camping this weekend and Kory is in IL with family. We miss them dearly and await their safe return tomorrow.

-Sara Z

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After a spell of hot weather this past week, today offered the team a nice break from the heat. With temperatures in the 70's today, it was a beautiful day to work outside. In the morning, Mike and I went out to Hegg Lake to help Kory with his pollinator research. The rest of the team was divided between doing independent data collecting at various sites and collecting pollen in the morning. In the afternoon, the team split and worked on independent projects. After a relaxing cool afternoon, the town hall got an unexpected surprise. From clear to stormy, windy, and ominous looking, the sky turned on us within minutes. Thankfully nothing severe, but very fascinating instead. It added a nice turn of events for the day, and the cool air that accompanied it was most welcome!

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The last few days have been quite steamy here in Douglas County, but Echinacea continues to flower and so our work doesn't stop! A lot happened this morning for team echinacea. Sarah B continued her assessment of phenology in the remnants while Dayvis and Kory were at Hegg Lake continuing their independent projects. Gretel led a team to assess phenology in the common garden and Ilse and I went out to Staffanson to collect pollen for the cross experiment.


In the afternoon nearly everyone helped Amy finish searching for her plants out at Hegg Lake and were treated to ice cream afterwards. Ilse and I entered some data and practiced our artistic skills out in the common garden (i.e. painted some bracts). Looks like we'll start the official crosses tomorrow!

I made an enormous amount of fried rice for dinner tonight and a bunch of us crafted pollinator exclusion bags/cages while watching X-men. The forecast for tomorrow says it's supposed to be a bit cooler, let's hope so!

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Whoops! Looks like I forgot to post about Tuesday yesterday... Well, better late than never.
Yesterday, the morning started out with personal projects and assessment of flowering phenology in the common garden. The weather was hot and muggy and there was a heat advisory warning but we were not to be deterred!
The afternoon was spent measuring the E. angustifolia in Amy's Plot at Hegg Lake.
It was difficult work, but we managed to finish by the end of the day and were rewarded with delicious root beer floats!

Sarah B

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It was another hot day on the prairie front. We all broke off into little groups today to take care of business. This morning Reina, Mike, and Pam assed herbivory in INB1 and INB2. Kory, Marie, Sarah B, and Dayvis were all scattered about working on their independent projects. Lydia and Sara Z assed the maternal plants in the common garden that are to be involved in the crosses of the quantitative genetic experiment, and on the other side of things Gretel, Shelley (Gretel's Mother), Ruth and I went to Landfill Core to gather pollen from the sires that are to be involved in the crossing experiment. We used toothpicks to scrape off the pollen into vials that will be used for pollenating the maternal plants in the common garden. We were able to get pollen from about 40 of 55 plants at the site. The 15 others were just a little too immature to collect pollen from today.


This afternoon encompassed an hour of stipa searching for some and then continuation of some independent work on projects. Herbivory assessment continued as well. Stuart, Gretel, Ruth and I went for a nice long walk around SPP. We walked a U-shaped transect and used a randomized scheme for assigning sires to be used in the quantitative genetics experiment. We caged/bagged heads that were to be used and gps-ed the plants.

What a busy day!

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It was a quiet weekend in the townhall, as many of its residents were out of town. In the morning, an onslaught of heavy rain foiled Dayvis and Marie's plans to visit Hegg Lake. Undeterred by the weather, Sarah B braved the elements to collect data on phenology in the remnants - it wasn't long before she returned with soaking datasheets, though.

In the afternoon, Sarah B, Marie, and Dayvis drove to Alexandria to do laundry and have lunch at their new favorite place to eat: Mi Mexico. If you are ever in need of a place to eat in Alex, I would encourage you to check it out! Dayvis decided to throw caution to the winds, and ordered deep-fried ice cream for desert.


Shown above: The festive interior of Mi Mexico, beloved lunchtime destination

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Due to last night stormy weather, most of us could not keep collecting data as in previous days. Marie could not measure her plants; Kory and I did not observe as many pollinators as normally we do. Only Sarah B. maintained her data collection immutable. Consequently, I went to the Hjelm house to start pinning the pollinators that I have been collecting since Sunday. After Jennifer and Stuart explained the principles of pinning insects, I could pinned fourteen of the twenty one insect collected during this week. Definitely, it will facilitate identification of pollinators enormously.

Personally, this week was a very revealing week for me since I had the opportunity of witness the presence of the three species of echinacea in this region. Since my research involve the interaction among these species of echinacea, I have been very involved in observe the flowering and the location of the different species in this area. Thus, introduced Echinacea pallida started flowering (White pollen) at the Hegg Lake on Sunday while native angustifolia did the same on Tuesday (Yellow pollen).

After looking for four times, I finally found echinacea purpurea in a restored prairie at the 27 road. Although I am really interested in including this other introduced echinacea species in my pollinator and phenology research, it has been really hard to reach and effectively located the entire population of this type of echinacea. For now, I just got a picture of an almost ready to flower individual of Echinacea purpurea.


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Having dodged the misfortune of convening on Friday the thirteenth, Team Echinacea had a fruitful day in the field.

The morning was occupied by independent projects. Kory, Jennifer, and Jon went to CG2 at Hegg Lake to look for pollinators visiting flowering Echinacea. Dayvis and Marie also went to Hegg Lake to gather data for their respective projects. Sarah B. once again visited multiple remnants to monitor flowering dates. Meanwhile, Lydia, Ilse, and Gretel assessed phenology and flowering head count in the Common Garden and '99 South Garden to gear up for this summer's pollination experiment.

In the afternoon, Pam and Reina finished taking measurements of plants in INB2 for their study. The progress of their work benefited greatly from the recent acquisition of a Red Flyer wagon. Lydia (shown below) braved the wrath of protective ants in her quest to acquire blue aphids for her addition/ exclusion experiment. The rest of the team returned to CG2 to finish measuring plant fitness traits.


After a long day's work, Dayvis cooked up a delicious meal of split pea soup and arepas (Venezuelan corn cakes). Many crew members are experiencing discomfort due to chigger bites, although some are more prone to vocalize their displeasure than others.

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Today was a great day for Team Echinacea. Most of us began our mornings searching for stipa and then went out to Hegg Lake where we finished measuring plants in Jennifer's common garden! Woot woot! I took an photo of the group and was so excited that my finger made it into the photo...whoops! Dayvis continued to observed pollinators and Reina and Pam were super productive measuring photosynthetic rates of plants in INB2 (maybe it's the new wagon they got for lugging around Helga).


At lunch Kory updated us with his progress on his pollinator efficiency project and Jennifer surprised us with a delicious watermelon as a treat for finishing up stuff at Hegg Lake. Marie did the honors of cutting up the watermelon (little did we know it was her first time).


The afternoon felt a bit like deja vu of the morning. We did another round of searching for stipa (rumor has it we're just about half way done!) and then returned to Hegg Lake. Turns out we didn't actually "finish" measuring plants...now it's time to double check all the ones we didn't find the first time. Looks like we'll finish that up tomorrow though, and then be actually done with Hegg Lake for the weekend.

Happy Thursday!

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Today, the weather was beautiful and the team was able to make a lot of progress on several projects. In the morning, twist-tieing the heads in the common garden was finished up after several days of working on it. Most of the team then headed out to Hegg Lake to make a ton of progress inventorying the status of all the echinacea plants in common garden 2. My day consisted on making huge strides in gathering data on photosynthetic rate of the echinacea in the INB2 part of the common garden. We are almost 2/3 of the way done measuring! Later that day and back at the town hall, the team feasted on some delicious fajitas that Sarah Z. prepared for supper. image-7.jpg

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Echinacea pallida started flowering on Sunday. Since then I have been able to observe, collect, and film the different species of insects that pollinate this plant. It has been such a wonderful experience to work surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Hegg Lake Wildlife Management Area. I am so excited to start getting data that will elucidate the real possibilities of hybridization between Echinacea pallida and Echinacea angustifolia.

Even though I was more than ready to have my second full morning of pollinator observation today, the rainy-windy-cloudy conditions changed my plans. Instead, I reunited with my fellows of the team echinacea to flag and twist-tie flowering heads at the common garden one. At the same time, Sarah Sakura Baker was observing flowering Echinacea angustifolia for her independent project. Later, we went to the common garden two to keep measuring the Echinacea population located there. We just completed the first thirty of eighty rows. We expect to finish them by the end of this week. Today, Lydia could spend her entire afternoon working in her aphid's research.

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Today in Douglas County, Minnesota, Team Echinacea labored under a cloudless sky and oppressively high temperatures and humidity levels.

First thing in the morning, Sarah B. visited the remnants she is monitoring to study flowering phenology. Dayvis also departed to work on his own project, and was not seen again until 1pm. Today is the second day of flowering for Echinacea pallida at Hegg Lake, and Dayvis appeared elated to finally observe pollinators at work. Kory and Jennifer also went to Hegg Lake in the morning to visit Common Garden 2.

Those who did not have morning projects to attend to flagged and twist-tied flowering plants in the Common Garden. After lunch, the team departed to CG2 to measure plants. Throughout the day, Pam and Reina measured photosynthesis rates in the basal leaves of Echinacea in INB2. Marie and Reina also made/improvised pollinator exclusion cages. The technique for doing so remains unperfected.


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Hello Everyone!

It was calm sunday here. However some people did end up doing research, such as Davis, Marie, and Sarah B. Reina and I went to Hegg Lake just to get outside and walk around the prairie. The Flax are blooming making it very beautiful.


On our way back to the car we even saw a almost blooming Echinacea!


Now that the echinacea will be blooming things are going to get a wee bit busy here!


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This morning, I went out to Staffanson to collect flowering phenology data and saw my first flowering Echinacea of the summer! Some had started flowering yesterday but a few started today. Awesome! :D
Sarah B

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What a week it has been! I arrived last Sunday to Kensington, MN and moved into the Town Hall. It's no longer used as a public building, it was converted into a residence and is holding 9 Team members this summer. My room is a newly added loft space overlooking one of the basketball nets in the main room.


I started my first day on the project learning the ropes. I had a great introduction with "searching forStipa". What does that mean? Well, looking for a specific grass in the tallgrass prairie. It was difficult to spot at first (and still kind of is) but it is a very distinctive grass. Not much is known about the biology of this grass which is why it was planted in the experimental Common Garden so that it could be observed and recorded. Can you find the Stipa in the picture below? Follow my Twitter feed @summerofscience for the answer (posted July 2).


I have travelled outside of the Common Garden to Hegg Lake twice, once with Marie and once with Kory. I helped Marie measure her F1 (first generation) hybrid Echinacea. I went with Kory and visiting scientist Jennifer Ison to learn how to capture and identify pollinators. I also visited Staffanson with Sarah B and Stuart. We tagged and flagged flowering Echinacea and Stuart gave us a tour of the prairie.

I am learning lots of new science and gaining valuable field experience. A typical day starts around 7 AM, I don't need to get up this early but it lets me take my time getting ready and having breakfast. We carpool to work which starts at 8:30. Stuart gives us the run down for the day and we usually start off with Stipa or Echinacea searches in the morning until lunch. After lunch, we work on our individual projects until the end of the day around 4:30. Since I do not have a project yet I spent this week learning about current projects and visiting the other field sites.

Conditions in the field are, well...different from the classroom or a lab. Mornings are nice and cool, but if it is damp the mosquitos are swarming. Since insects are of interest in this project we cannot wear repellant in the field. The skies have been clear lately, so as the day goes on it warms up quite a bit and the rays from the sun are pretty strong. We have to wear long pants because we are in a tall grass prairie with insects, snakes, and prickly plants. If we don't want to get our arms scratched or bit we should wear long sleeves. Long sleeves + long pants + sun = sweaty scientists. I've ditched the long sleeves but I have paid the price with a few scratches here and there.

Since it was a big and eventful week for I treated myself to a Saturday getaway to hike at Maplewood State Park about 70 miles away. I have never been to a forest that remote before and although I stayed on the trails I still saw a lot of wildlife. Turtles, dragonflies, birds, muskrats, and maple trees, of course. Even with a map and compass I still managed to get lost but I was able to admire the beauty of nature until I found my way back.


After the hike I was starving and craving Thai food, something you can't get near Kensington. So I drove to Fargo, North Dakota (yes, like the movie) and is the largest city within 100 miles of Kensington. I didn't see much to do after lunch and was getting tired after hiking all day so I made the 93 mile trip back to Kensington.

Don't forget to check in for daily updates from the rest of the team on the flog and stay tuned for my next post.

-Miss Z

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On a gloomy day in Kensington, the team managed to make the most of it. In the morning, Sarah B went to look for flowering plants on some of the remnant sites and then spent some time with her parents in the afternoon. Sarah Z decided to have an adventurous day and go to Maplewood park. The four of us left at the town hall, took it easy and ate delicious homemade cookies. Photo on 7-6-13 at 2.02 PM.jpg
There is nothing like fresh cookies and milk to make up for a rainy day!

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Today was a day for independent projects. I'm not really sure what everyone did and Marie is currently trying to hit me with a mini beach ball.
Ok. I'm back now. This morning, I woke up at the usual time to meet with my parents and go to Staffanson to collect data for my flowering phenology project. Today, we found about 5 or 6 heads that look like they could flower within the next few days!
Ilse and Reina spent the morning sewing more pollinator exclusion bags for Kory's project and Lydia spent some more time with her aphids (this seems to be her new favorite activity) while Kory and Sara Z practiced capturing and identifying pollinators.
Marie and Dayvis went to Hegg Lake where they measured plants and practiced videotaping flowering.
Back at the Hjelm house, Stuart, Pete, and Dwight worked hard installing gutters to keep the basement from flooding when it rains.
Marie made us all some delicious pizza for dinner! I highly recommend the one with tofu and buffalo chicken wing sauce.
A good Friday for all, I think. :)
Enjoy the weekend!

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What a beautiful 4th of July!

This morning was jammed packed with grass. Team Echinacea did another round of searching for stipa followed by an assessment of dichanthelium in the '99 south garden. Jennifer Ison and her father came and helped out with both these surveys and will be around for a couple weeks. In other news: Sara Z found a massive (nearly 1m) and intact snake skin which she kindly bestowed upon an excited Sarah B.


After all the grass searching we all went our separate ways (or rather back to the town hall) to put together our various potluck fixings and then met up with Stuart and his family at Elk Lake where we feasted upon a variety of delicious food. I definitely set a personal record with the number of deviled eggs consumed in one afternoon, and I don't think I was the only one uncomfortably full. Dayvis entertained us with his Bandola while we digested and then many of us went out for canoe rides. After struggling a bit with steering the canoe properly, Dayvis, Hattie, and I smoked the other canoe in a "race" back to shore. After more swimming, snacking, and socializing it was time to head back and rest up for watching fireworks this evening. Happy 4th of July everyone!



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Today started of with a bang as part of the crew headed off to go strawberry picking at the holmes city berry farm this morning. We got just enough to tide us over until the weekend, or maybe just enough to last some of us through the afternoon...if we're lucky...

But alas, it was back to work. Sarah B, Sara Z and Stuart (aka the S club) headed out for the Preserve for a superb time. The rest us did a solid hour of stipa searching then we finished up the morning assessing cg1. Then at lunch Stuart gave us all a very interesting lecture on Echinacea sex, needless to say it was very scandalous and left a few Echinacea highly embarrassed as some of their photos (mid pollination!) were used in the presentation.

After lunch the crew went their separate ways, most worked on independent projects. Marie, Dayvis, and Sara Z headed off to find plants out by the county park among other things. Kory continued with some preliminaries for his project. Reina and I finished up assessing cg1 with the help of Sarah B, Per, and Gretel. The last of the crew to return today was Lydia after a long afternoon battling ants during her aphid addition in cg1, but we can proudly say she did return victorious: Lydia 1, Ants 0, however there were a few casualties (namely aphids) that regretfully did occur during the process.

All in all another great day for Team Echinacea!

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Hello everyone!

Today Team Echinacea was extremely productive in all of our endeavors. In the morning the team continued the search for Stipa (a.k.a. porcupine grass) that was planted in the common garden. After about a hour we switched gears and looked for flowering echinacea plants in the common garden in preparation for the crossing experiment this summer. Reina and Pam continued collecting data on photosynthetic rate and even finished a portion of their data set! Huzzah!

After lunch we had time to work on our individual projects! Ilse continued her work on "R", Sarah B got a solid amount of data entry done, and worked on her data sheets. Marie, Dayvis and Sara Z went to Hegg Lake to look at hybrids and Echinacea pallida respectively. Gretel and I made pollinator exclusion bags for my project, as well as the crossing experiment. Here is Gretel cutting the bridal veil!


And me sewing the bags together! I got to work on a awesome old singer sewing machine (the best part is that it folds into a desk!).


Thats all from me today! -Kory

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Perfect weather! Just like my home country (beautiful).

Today morning, we searched for Stipa grass and flowering Echinacea (My favorite task) in the common garden. Afternoon, we searched for more Stipa grass. Then, we worked in our projects. Marie received a scan and starting playing with it. Lydia continued her work with aphids. I received my cameras and started practicing the difficult art of insect hunting. Kory was preparing his cameras to identify pollinators, and Sara B. was checking status of plants in several sites of the area. We ended the day eating a delicious chili prepared by Ilse.
Sunday I found a Echinacea pallida very close to flower at Hegg Lake, I will checked it tomorrow. Maybe, my time to start getting data is tomorrow. Inshallah!

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Sara Zufan, aka "Miss Z," arrived from Chicago, IL (pop > 1 x 10^6 people) to Kensington Minnesota (pop = 280) this weekend and is already hard at work measuring plants and searching for the elusive Stipa grass in the sea of other grasses that is our common garden experiment. Miss Z is teacher in Chicago Public Schools at the Multicultural Academy of Scholarship. Next year she is teaching AP Biology, Regular Biology, and Earth & Space. This summer Miss Z plans to gain some hands-on cutting-edge field biology experience to enhance her professional development as a secondary school science educator. Miss Z is going to figure out how to bring her new knowledge into her classroom this coming school year.

Stay tuned! Miss Z will keep you posted via this blog and twitter on her research endeavors and experiences in the field this summer as she investigates the ecology and evolution of plants and animals in the fragmented tallgrass prairie with the Echinacea Project.

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