Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This honeybee (Apis mellifera) is attracted to the pale pink flowers of beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and its corbicula (pollen basket) is laden with yellow pollen.  The genus name, Callicarpa, derived from Latin, means beautiful (calli) fruit (carpa). Its magenta berries…

Fall Fruit Walk

Judith Fillipich, Ellie Klebonis, Diane Morgan, Fran Robinson, John Warner, Thomas "Tom" Wilson, and Dotty Workman enjoyed a walk to the Observation Tower at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) on 9/9/2018.  The wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) was full of…

Rainbows, Circles & Pirates

Tom Wilson (Class of 2017) shared this stupendous photo of a rain clouds and a rainbow at Treasure Shores Park prior to our field trip there on 7-21-2018.  The early bird gets the worm (or the rainbow). Treasure Shores park…

IRMA-ed #4: Resilient & Brave Berries

Amazing to see to beautiful berries remaining on native plants scorched by the searing winds of Hurricane Irma at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Pictured above is beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and slightly scorched wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa). The wild…