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The end of an era

On Friday The Echinacea Project saw the end of an era. Long-time team member Riley Thoen had his last day working for the project after 3 summers spent in the field.

We started off the morning with phenology in the remnants, with the added goal of looking for purple prairie clover at each of our sites.

Purple prairie clover, or Dalea purpurea, at Loeffler’s Corner

During lunch break, we celebrated Riley’s time here with some cake and an eyepatch.

Riley, featuring his cake (eye patch not pictured)

After lunch, we finished measuring all of the inbreeding 2 experiment plants and had an early end to the day. We spent some time eating ice cream bars provided by John and then headed to Elk Lake with some canoes for end-of-work-week and end-of-Riley-working-here activities.

Best wishes to Riley as he heads off to grad school!

Emma, Erin, and I enjoying some time in one of the canoes
The other canoe crew, with Riley, Anna M. and Mia

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