Holly Berry Time!

Top Photo: Cedar waxwing surveys the area for berries. Keep your eyes open for cedar waxwings and American robins raiding the holly trees and bushes around campus. Each year the two species flock in and often pick clean the American and yaupon hollies of their fruit. Even the eastern red cedars take a hit. The fun usually starts in February. It’s February now! American robins can be seen locally in every month of the year. Waxwings are nomadic and mayRead more

Seed Dispersal

Top Photo: Wind-borne seed dispersal groundsel tree. In my last post I mentioned at least one method in which plants manage to get from one place to another. “Perhaps a bird visiting the garden where the original plant was, or is still growing, ate one or several of the fruit. Passing by the Museum, the bird landed in one of the locust trees, depositing seeds in its droppings beneath the tree. The vine sprang up where the seed-laced droppings fell.” Indeed, IRead more