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August update

Although Echinacea flowering is tapering off for summer 2014, the team is busy wrapping up phenology, collecting fitness data plants in the long-term experiments, and working on individual research projects. In addition to the projects well under way, the team has two more sizable projects on tap for August: conducting seedling searches and collecting demographic information on remnant populations.

On Wednesday, we were joined by Ruth, Amy, and Katherine to begin seedling searches at East Elk Lake Road. In what can only be described as a mentally demanding exercise, seedling searches involve locating and identifying seedlings from previous years using maps and distance matrices. Patience is of utmost importance when trying to solve Echinacea puzzles that may have 1 or many possible solutions…

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