U-M Mycology lab is conducting plant surveys in the Big Woods during leaf out this spring. The project is a collaboration led by Brian Sedio and Jordan Kueneman of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to understand the association of plant chemistry with fungal endophyte [leaf inhabiting] communities. Pictured are Rebecca Clemons and Kevin Amses.
Nature baby not speaking a word
Nature baby free as a bird
Nature Baby living day by day
Nature Baby always floating away. Feeling the soil around my feet
The sun rays beating down with heat
My being feeling like I’m not physically here
And when I look around I’m so much more aware. The energy keeps coming my way
As I buzz through life and play
Nature Baby being free
Nature Baby that is me
That is what is meant to be. Nature Baby gave the garden lots of love and energy
And now the gardens have surrounded me with beauty
And the heavenly scents from each flower in bloom
As we share the space within this big room. Nature Baby as free as a bird
Nature Baby not speaking a word.
by Jaye (Julianna) Low
Mike Benard from Case Western Reserve University returned to the ESGR to collect wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) eggs this week (April 8-9). He will raise the wood frogs in controlled laboratory conditions alongside wood frogs spanning a latitudinal gradient from North Carolina to Michigan to test for geographic variation in response to photoperiod and temperature.
The annual meeting of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project (www.redsquirrel.ca) was held at E.S. George Reserve in December 2018. The Kluane Red Squirrel Project is a 30+ year study of the ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and energetics of North American red squirrels in the Yukon, Canada. Members gather each year to discuss squirrel lore as well as project logistics, the latest results, and future research plans. This workshop gathered researchers from Ben Dantzer’s Lab at the University of Michigan along with their collaborators from the University of Alberta, University of Guelph, and the University of Saskatchewan.
A quite professional film was recently made by a visitor to the ESGR: Michael Foster. It is linked here – enjoy the sights, sounds, and stories in early June at the E. S. George Reserve!