The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape


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May 31, 2012, 9:19 PM
The Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming's statewide newspaper) article, "Hike takes people to state’s only endangered plant," published today, discusses penstemons and the upcoming American Penstemon Society/Wyoming Native Plant Society meeting in Laramie on June 22-25. The endangered plant the article refers to is the Blowout Penstemon (Penstemon haydenii, shown right), found only in active sand dunes like those in central Wyoming.
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May 29, 2012, 9:27 PM
The Berry Prairie is alive with blooming plants. They're a variety of colors too - purple, yellow, white, blue, red. The red, white and blue ones I'm sure are feeling very patriotic - but the others are looking very stately as well. Take a gander!
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May 17, 2012, 9:56 PM
Laramie columbine - now blooming on the Berry Prairie - is a petite gem, whose native distribution is restricted to the Laramie Range of Albany and Converse counties. Aquilegia laramiensis was first collected by Aven Nelson in 1895 in the northern part of the Range, and a few years later much farther to the south, not too far from Laramie. Seventy years passed before botanists once again took up the search, relocating the original sites, and filling in some gaps.
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May 7, 2012, 4:50 PM
With more plant species coming into bloom every day (well, maybe not today, with our fresh snow), it’s time to dust off the field guides. There are lots of newer books available for wildflower identification, but here are a few suggestions from the tried-and-true category.
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May 2, 2012, 5:00 PM
We are going a little nuts for pollinators here at the Berry Center. Our native pollinators are absolutely critical to food production, ecosystem functioning, plant and therefore many other types of biodiversity, and they're also in decline (generally speaking). And did you know that June 18-24 is Pollinator Week?? Stay tuned for Berry Center activities during that week!

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