Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Science Sleuths: Invasive Species

Krista Daniels always does a good job of adapting the information she is presenting to her audience. She did this once again with a Science Sleuths program on Invasive Species. She started with an interactive PowerPoint showing pictures of different invasives we might see in the area and explained the terms used, such as native, non-native, invasive, etc. She talked about birds, insects, and plants.

Then she took the kids out on a hike!

Multiflora Rose was used for hedges, but has spread to where it limits biodiversity in an area.

Okay, so this is totally not an invasive, but I was excited to see the skunk cabbage changing forms. This  is one of the earliest plants out in Spring and is quite unique looking!

The children found the plastic bags so entertaining!

We were looking for this garlic mustard! It is very invasive and should be eaten or thrown away to help control it, though it is difficult to get rid of.

My oldest was sure to find this in our yard the next day and help us with our own garlic mustard pull at home. Garlic mustard pulls are scheduled across the area. Find them at the Calendar of Events at Inside Outside Michiana. 

We also saw the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer. This insect is destroying the ash population.

The D shaped exit hole can be seen here.

They brought the garlic mustard back and made hummus! Garlic Mustard can be made into many recipes. Here are a few.

This guy usually likes all the "interesting" snacks.

They even had Autumn Olive jelly! Here is an article about the story behind these wild jellies. They can be purchased at the Goshen Farmer's Market.