Endangered Species Day

In honor of Endangered Species Day, I ask you to consider reducing or removing your lawn. The single biggest factor to cause a species to become “endangered” is loss of habitat. Where does that habitat go? To parking lots and grocery stores and hotels and farms and suburban neighborhoods. Will removing your lawn provide habitat … More Endangered Species Day

Pollinator Meadow – Phase 3

The Field Studies in Conservation Biology class added to the pollinator meadow by filling in some gaps in our Phase 1 area by planting our greenhouse grown native species. We planted these in the early evening of May 30th and watered them regularly for the next 10 days. Photos by Josh Kouri, teaching assistant

Phase 2 – Pollinator Meadow

Mid-December we held a field day to collect and plant seeds in the second phase of our pollinator meadow at the OU Biological Station at Lake Texoma.  Students and private landowners helped to gather seeds from a nearby remnant prairie and spread them in a newly solarized patch of ground.

Solar Energy

We have begun preparing the area of the pollinator meadow at the OU Biological Station! Last week we placed clear plastic over the weedy patch of lawn near the office at the BioStation.  We are solarizing the area with plastic sheeting to kill lawn grass, weeds, and weed seeds in the soil.  The plastic sheeting … More Solar Energy

Ecological Restoration

I spent the weekend learning about and being inspired by a variety of ecological restoration projects going on in my region.  The presentations I sat in on focused mostly on grassland restoration.  So, I learned about a herbicide that seems effective on Johnsongrass, but does little harm to native forbs and only affects a few … More Ecological Restoration