A few years ago, I decided that I was just going to jump in and start improving the biodiversity of the boring mowed spaces in our human habitats. I regularly limit myself by claiming that “I am not an expert” or “I don’t know enough” to tackle a project. However, as I get older (maybe … More Pollinator Meadows!
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
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
The pollinator meadow is thriving in this usually wet spring and early summer. I can’t say if we would have had as much success with seed germination or perennial plant growth without the abundant rain we have received this season. During the two week period May 28-June 7, I observed over 17 butterfly species in … More Pollinator Meadow – early summer
Phase 1 of the pollinator meadow that we planted with perennials during the summer of 2018 was filled with leaves that needed to be raked in the early spring. This revealed a lot of bare dirt that is good for ground nesting bees and annual seeds to sprout. Not much was available in this section … More Spring in the Pollinator Meadow – April-May 2019
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.
Last week I had the privilege to attend the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators workshop in northeast Oklahoma. TAP provides training and technical support for tribes throughout North America that want to conserve and restore grassland ecosystems in order to help threatened pollinators and to preserve the native plants that serve as the foundation for Indigenous … More Inspiration for Pollinators
The pollinator meadow at the OU Biological Station, Lake Texoma was planted by student of my Field Studies in Conservation Biology class during the hottest two weeks of the summer! Staff and volunteers of the BioStation continued to water the plants during August. And may of the plants survived! We even had pollinators! The rains … More Progress of the Pollinator Meadow
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
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