It feels like we are finally starting to reset after the frantic pace after last month. All the early season plants we had our eyes on in July have either been collected or lost and now we are moving on to the preliminary site assessments for the later flowering species. So far we have sites for Lupinus Argentis, Asclepias labriformus, Eriogonum umbellatum, and Eriogonum ephedroides. We are about to collect Asclepias labriformus and Lupinus argentis.
A week ago we went on a 3 day rafting trip down the White River to help with a monitoring study of treatments of Russian Olive and Tamarisk. The trip was great. The view of the canyon was spectacular and sitting in an inflatable raft between sites certainly beats sitting in a car between sites. I would have to say the only downside was the mosquitos and deer flies, which might have bitten me a couple hundred times.
Getting the raft loaded
We brought duckies because there wasn’t room in the raft.
Birds made these nests.