Typha (Cattails) alongside the wetlands on a blustery day. Typha provides important habitat to birds, waterfowl and mammals. The entire plant was relied on by Native Americans as food, medicine and utility. Without that type of relationship with humans it can grow unchecked creating large dense thickets, outcompeting other important wetland species. #biodiversity #nativeplants #wetlands
These large slabs of ice are called ice floes. They’ve been carried up and onto the flood plain by high waters. They are slowly melting, providing a great source of water and nutrients for the soon to emerge riparian plants, such as skunk cabbage and marsh marigolds. We’ll keep you posted! #icefloes #streambank #springephemeral
Dr. Kristi MacDonald, director of science, chosen as one of the 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County. We’re bursting with pride!