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Nature Walk News

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We had a great Spring Flowers & Birds Nature Walk yesterday, discovering more flowers blooming in Paradise Meadows and some nature news of note.

Spider Eating Bee

Spider Eating Bee

There was a dramatic encounter of a yellow crab spider feasting on a bee – some participants may have better photos, so we encourage posting those on our Facebook page!

White Water-buttercup

White Water-buttercup

A  white flower (new to me) blooming in the water of the Big Pond is most likely white water-buttercup (Ranunculus aquatilis).

During the walk we noted the pollination strategy of the western bog-laurel (Kalmia microphylla) – although finished blooming, we found a couple of flowers that showed the stamens tucked into pouches on the flower – they spring up when pollinated. A participant noted that the bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) has a similar strategy:

“Here is an article about the amazing self-pollinating strategy of the Bunchberry. Even a video! Here is a photo showing the flowers in different stages of explosion. Apparently you need a camera that can capture 1/10,000 sec to catch the pollination!”

Exploding Bunchberry

Exploding Bunchberry

Thanks to Darrell Tompkins for the info & Linda Hamilton for the photo!

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