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September 2: A new site!

We started out the day learning about seedling refinds. We aren’t looking for any more new seedlings this year but trying to find plants that were seedlings between 2007 and 2013. It was difficult at first but we all go the hang of it pretty quickly.

Stuart helps Katherine and Abby with a tough bunch of seedlings

Stuart helps Katherine and Abby with a tricky bunch of seedlings

At lunch, we heard Abby and Matt give us previews of talks that they’re going to give during the year. After lunch we went to a new site and it was an adventure and a half! Or at least it was new for most of this summer’s team. First we walked along the road and enjoyed the sunny day. Next, we trekked across a soybean field that looks like it’s going to have a good crop this year but it was really hard for us to get through. Finally we walked through some trees to discover a small paradise hidden between fields. We did demography on and surveyed all the flowering plants that we could find. We found 20 plants this year which, according to Stuart, is a lot less than they’ve seen in previous years. We ended the day with a delicious refrigerated watermelon that was pulled from the garden yesterday.

Up the road

Up the road

Across the field

Across the field

The lush hillside

The lush hillside

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