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A cold day in Staffanson

Today was probably the coldest day of fieldwork we have had all summer, a cold front passed through on Wednesday and left us with a cloudy 60 degree day. For those team members who are more accustomed to hotter summers today was a little bit of a shock.

We went out to do total demography at Staffanson Praire Preserve, our goal while doing total demo is to census all of the plants that have flowered sometime in the last 20 years. It’s a big project, at Staffanson alone there are just over one thousand locations to visit. While not all of these locations still have a plant it is awesome to see a tag around a plant that was put there in 1996 or 1997.

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Even the flowers are cold!

We made a huge dent in the number of locations at Staffanson, of the 1054 locations we visited 435, nearly half done!

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Scott stakes locations while Amy does demography on the plants at each location

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