Wandering around MBG

We learned the different types of floral advertisements that attract pollinators, ranging from vision, olfactory, nectar, texture, chemosensory, thermosensory, and timing.

In the afternoon, we were asked to collect flowers (given permissions) from the botanical garden and learn some techniques back in the lab.

I took some photos as I go along collecting flowers that interest me - mostly small or dioecious flowers, since my project focuses on Shepherdia canadensis.

Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
Green Frog

I came across a small stream and saw several birds taking bath in it.  Below are some Common Grackles having a nice bath.

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

MBG has a beautiful collection of irises in their Iris Garden.  It attracts many visitors and photographers every single day we walked past.

Flowers are amazing.

First one to open
This is by the Gatekeeper's House.  I thought it was interesting to show the first flower emerging.

Unknown Sweat Bee (Family Halictidae)
A small sweat bee with its head bowed down.

Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

One of two Canada Geese hanging around the lake.

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