For those of you that don’t know, parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and of course West Virginia are experiencing an invasion of the most derp-y insects you’ve ever seen. They are called the 17 year cicadas, living most of their life cycle underground and emerging by the thousands as adults (every 17 years 0f course). The WVU arboretum held a Magicicada festival, where the community … Continue reading Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas
On my birthday last Sunday, me and Alex visited the West Virginia University Core Arboretum and saw the most specimens I’ve ever seen! The university acquired the property in 1948. The biology chairman convinced the president to set aside the property. Much of the land is old-growth forest on steep hillside. This is a pretty, pawpaw Asimina triloba flower. I’ve never tasted the fruit, but … Continue reading Spring Ephemerals Part II
The temperate forest is the second most botanically diverse biome. If you visit the forest in the spring you’ll see a show. Unlike the rainforest, deciduous trees in the temperate forest lose their leaves. Before new leaves are fully formed, in the spring, herbaceous flowering plants exploit the light that comes through the canopy. They complete their life cycle by occupying a niche in the … Continue reading Identifying Spring Ephemerals and other Interesting plants
A few weeks ago I went on a farm tour in Beverly, West Virginia with the WV Farm Bureau. NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) paid for 80% of this huge barn. I think I heard it was going to be used to store cow manure to prevent run-off, but I couldn’t hear very well. The building must be used for its planned NRCS purpose for at … Continue reading Farm Tour in Beautiful Beverly, West Virginia
A few weeks ago I attended a tree identification walk at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, hosted by WVU forestry. Now that the chlorophyll is degrading, it’s a great time to take a walk. Enjoy those usually masked anthocyanin and xanthophyll pigments, and brush up your on your tree identification! Tree Taxonomy Trees are vascular plants meaning they have xylem and phloem tissues to transport … Continue reading Brush up on your Tree ID this Fall!
A few days ago I was visiting my friends at the lovely Freed’s Greenhouse, when one of my former professors showed up by surprise! She had brought her general horticulture class for a tour. Being a nosy plant lady, I couldn’t resist going along with them to learn more about the greenhouses… If you’re nearby Bridgeport, I highly recommend visiting Freed’s! Check out their website … Continue reading Fall Greenhouse Tour!
Last Sunday I went on a fungi walk at the West Virginia Botanical Garden lead by WVU Professor of Mycology, Daniel G. Panaccione. Honestly, I haven’t used any of my fungi knowledge since plant pathology class years ago. It was nice to revisit subject… As a disclaimer, organisms and materials in nature should be left in nature. Species live and thrive in their natural environments … Continue reading Fall Mushroom Identification at the WVBG!