The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape


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May 24, 2013, 8:45 PM
The list of 2013 Flowering Plants on the Green Roof is growing. So far the list includes the Fewseed Draba, Devil's Gate Twinpod, one of the Fleabanes (Erigeron compositus), and most recently, the wonderful Prairie Smoke.
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May 21, 2013, 8:55 PM
Last year we noted the first flowers of spring on March 30 - Draba of course - and a couple of weeks later (April 13) Devil’s gate twinpod showed its first flower. This year, those two species were again the first to bloom, both just about one month later than last spring.
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May 10, 2013, 9:06 PM
This post is written by our guest author, Lusha Tronstad. Lusha is the Invertebrate Zoologists for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, and is pretty much the Bug Queen of Wyoming. Her office has curtains featuring beetles, her favorite pair of shoes are her waders, and she put shrimp on the green roof. She's the coolest.
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Apr 30, 2013, 9:21 PM
For the second year in a row, the winner of "First Flowerer" award goes to.... the Fewseed Draba (Draba oligosperma)! You heard right, there's activity on the green roof, of the flowering variety!
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Apr 23, 2013, 6:01 PM
A new addition to the 2012 Berry Prairie blooming-flower roster is Erigeron compositus, sometimes known as cutleaf daisy. This species is one of 46 erigerons that grow in Wyoming, 176 in North America, and nearly 400 around the world. Erigerons are often called fleabanes (because fleas will flee from them), but that name is shared with other genera. Some Wyoming erigerons get quite tall—up to 18 inches or more—but the four species on the Berry Prairie are diminutive.
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Apr 16, 2013, 9:33 PM
Welcome to Springtime in the Rocky Mountains. This is the time when spring taunts us with warm weather, then dumps a foot of snow on our budding tulips. When we feel the nearly insatiable itch to pack up the snow boots and shovels and bust out the galoshes and spades. It's a frustrating, tough time of year.
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Apr 4, 2013, 9:40 PM
Welcome back to the Berry Prairie! After a nice, long winter, we are keeping our eyes on the ground in anticipation of the spring green up. Last spring, our first plant that flowered was the Draba - and it flowered on March 30! This year, it's been cooler and most plants are still dormant, not even close to flowering.
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Dec 5, 2012, 9:46 PM
The Berry Prairie has been dormant for a while now, as a result of cooler temperatures and very little precip (we still only have 6.86" for the year! That's down approx. 5" from our average - learn more).
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Nov 6, 2012, 4:24 PM
In the beginning of January 2012, we installed a weather station on the northeast corner of the Berry Prairie. We wanted to be able to measure precipitation, wind speed, temperature, humidity, etc. so we could track this information for years to come.
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Oct 26, 2012, 4:35 PM
Snow! Glorious snow! Like most (all?) of the country, Wyoming suffered from severe drought this year, starting with very little snow this spring and even less rain this summer. For those of you who don't live in Wyoming, we absolutely need spring snow - our ecosystems are adapted to rely on it.

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