Thursday, May 24, 2012

Is Your Berry Picking being influenced by Invasive Species?


Are non-native plants out-competing Alaskan berry plants for pollinators attention and could this mean fewer berries for us to pick? You tell us. 
The Melibee Project Team – Dr. Christ Mulder and Katie Spellman from the University of Alaska Fairbanks – shares their research. Join them on June 8 at 6:00 pm at the Alaska Botanical Garden. They will talking about the effects of  an introduced invasive, white sweetclover, on the pollination of bog blueberry and lingonberry. They will also tell you how you can help by collecting phenology (flowering/fruiting timing) on these species.
Their presentation is a joint venture between the Chugach National Forest, Alaska Geographic, Chugach Children's Forest, and the Alaska Botanical Garden and is part of the Project BudBurst program. 

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