Field season has really taken off since my last blog post! In the past 2 weeks, my partner and I have completed 6 entire collections for the Seeds of Success program. The species that we have collected thus far include Balsamorhiza incana, Townsendia incana, Lomatium foeniculaceum, Cerastium arvense, Oxytropis sericea, and Arnica sp.
Collecting is such rewarding work, but we have definitely encountered a few difficulties along the way. Due to abnormal weather events this spring, plants within the same populations seem to be very developmentally out of sync with one another. This finding has required us to return to collections multiple days in a row to collect the individuals that are further behind in their maturation.
This whole experience has been a learning process, but we are getting very good at perfecting our techniques and equipment use.
On a brighter note, this past weekend was the 4th of July. Lander, Wyoming hosts a fun festival which includes a parade, barbecue, rodeo, and fireworks after dark. The whole town came alive and it was really great to experience the strong sense of community here.