Fall Seed Collection Workshop & Eastern Red Cedar Removal
This fall field day will demonstrate how to collect and document native seeds for the Oklahoma Native Seed Library, a new biodiversity preservation project of the Oklahoma Natural Areas Registry. Participants will collect and seeds from a variety of native plants, but the fall timing of this workshop is to facilitate the collection of tallgrass prairie grass seeds and late blooming pollinator plants ripening late in the growing season.
We will have collecting supplies such as paper bags and envelopes, markers, pencils, and data sheets.
To improve the habitat for the prairie plants that we will be collecting seeds from, we will also be cutting down eastern red cedar trees. Cedars are taking over our grasslands all across Oklahoma. However, with a little time and effort, we can reduce the impact they are having on the remnant prairie at Saxon Park. Using hand tools, we will tackle the small cedars and haul them out to the parking lot for city composting.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Snacks, water, and hot beverages provided. Bring your water bottle and mug.
Event not recommended for children under the age of 6.
Expect to walk off trail. Not difficult, but ground will be uneven. Long pants and sturdy shoes recommended.
Saxon Park is a City of Norman park that has a series of wide crushed gravel trails for recreation. The remnant grassland of the park is full of native species that we will target for the seed collection. The grassland is surrounded by crosstimbers woodland habitat where we might also find seeds to collect from trees and understory plants.
Registration is Recommended.
Field day is subject to postponement due to inclement weather. Registrants will be notified by email or phone if rescheduling is required. Alternative date will be Sunday, December 8th.
Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting Priscilla Crawford by November 20th at the Oklahoma Biological Survey (405-889-7188; firstname.lastname@example.org).