Operation tiny

We started our day off by splitting into teams and heading out to collect pollen from a few Echinacea heads. Daytona and his team had a volunteer trying to hitch a ride to the site on the side of the truck (a very adorable volunteer at that). The would be tiniest member of team Echinacea was removed safely due to a lack of sufficient credentials and inability to meet BF standards.

Once we finished out the morning collecting pollen we headed back out in the afternoon to collect nectar and I saw this echinacea with a large head that looked like a strawberry. Though tempted, I did not taste to see whether it was an echinacea or a strawberry.

Flags and traps

This morning a group of us went out to flag P2 (thank you Wyatt for taking that picture). We created a new path to the plot, we divided, we flagged and we conquered. We also saw a few flowering Echinacea along the way. We had lunch and Lindsey gave a presentation on her smoke project and taught us about the ABT method before we all discussed our own possible projects for the summer. Then in the afternoon I went out with the pollinator team to place emergence traps! We know that poison ivy is a common hazard out in the plots, but we weren’t watching out for it and ended up stepping in a patch of poison ivy. Therefore, we should work as a team to be more aware of our surroundings. (See what I did there?). Watch your step out there and great work today team!

Jakarii Davis

Echinacea Project 2023

Biology, The College of Wooster, 2024

Pronouns: She/they

Research Interests

I want to study bees while I am on team echinacea, specifically how burning the prairie impacts them. I also want to learn to identify native plants!


I am from Plainfield, IL originally but I spend most of the year in Wooster, OH on my college campus.

In my spare time I like to get on some wheels (skateboarding, biking, rollerblading, roller skating etc.) to take my dogs out, camp, read, binge shows, craft, play games or nap with my cat.