Bees and Bears on our Lathrop Land

 

Bees and Bears on our Lathrop Land

For Lamp Post “Easy Being Green” for August 21, 2014

Barbara Walvoord

Land Conservation Subcommittee members walked the land on July 31 with a biologist and a soil conservationist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), who helped us understand how to support birds and pollinators in our fields. On August 14, we walked again with Chris Polatin and Joan Deely from Polatin Ecological Services, which will submit a bid to remove invasive plants.

We’ll be writing soon about their reports and the committee’s  plans for managing our land. See  our website: lathropland.wordpress.com.

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Walking our fields with experts from the NRCS are (from left) soil conservationist Nikki Thibault; residents Chuck Gillies, Lyn Howe, and Barbara Walvoord; Property Committee member Peter Rowe; and residents Roger Howe, Adele Dowell, and Jim Dowell. Biologist Marianne Piche is behind Barbara. Photo 7/31/14 by Sharon Grace.Shortly after this photo, some native ground-nesting bees objected to our presence. We called ahead, and when we returned to the Inn, Lucy DeVries, RN, from Lathrop wellness services, was waiting with soothing ointment. Roger Howe won the prize for the most stings–7.  Isn’t it great to know that not all bees have been extinguished? Some are alive and well on Lathrop land.

 

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

 

Native Indian Pipe the group observed in the woods on both north and east campuses, as we walked with Chris Polatin and Joan Deely of Polatin Ecological Services. .Photo 8/14/14 by Sharon Grace.

 

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Biologist Marianne Piche points out a bear track to Peter Rowe and Lyn Howe, as soil conservationist Nikki Thibault follows. Photo 7/31/14 by Sharon Grace.
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