Friday, May 1, 2009

Stalking the wild geranium

About 30 people turned up for last Sunday's hike with Tom Heineke, the botanist who is conducting a year-long plant survey of the Old Forest. Tom said that his species count is well over 300 and very diverse, with 55 different plant families represented so far.

Earlier this year the Memphis Zoo chose to deny access to the forest within their fence, despite the fact that it's publicly owned land, but Tom has been working hard to survey the unfenced 125 acres.

Here's a typical action shot:

Tom's survey will be completed by September, and we look forward to reading his report!