Posted by: csdailyblog | April 7, 2010

Science Class Propagates Native Species

Di and Bace transplant seedlings, with one of the sets of growing shelves behind them.

Andrew Milbauer’s Applied Ecology class members have started a variety of seeds for the school garden and for wild areas. They are currently dividing Echinacea (native purple coneflower) seedlings since this plant is particularly valuable for the butterflies, bees, and birds. The seedlings will eventually be transplanted into areas around campus that are currently overrun with invasives like thistles. The class will remove the invasives and then plant these areas with native species like Echinacea to make it more difficult for the invasives to return.

Job, Di, Jennifer, and Bace transplant seedlings into roomier accommodations.


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