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GBI Media Contest April 2022 Submissions

GBI Media Contest April 2022 Submissions

The theme for April’s media contest is one for all the botany enthusiasts: Plants. Obviously, the flora of our project areas is a crucial part of the landscapes in which our personnel, botanists or otherwise, work. The explosively colorful winner, above, was taken by Research Associate Allison Sloat, who just wrapped up working with us in a variety of roles at Joshua Tree National Park. She describes the photo as a “Superbloom of lupins (Lupinus arizonicus) and poppies (Eschscholzia parishii) and brown-eyed primrose (Chylismia claviformis), oh my!!”

To see more of the plant-life that surrounds us, scroll down for more submissions.

Kimberlee Roberts, Research Associate, Lead Archivist, Zion National Park. “Valleys, nooks, and crannies of an ancient tree’s skeleton tells the story of a faraway landscape that once thrived at the Red Reef trail in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.”

Emily Moran, Research Associate, Archivist, Bryce Canyon National Park (based at Zion). “The Engelmann prickly pear and the Utah beavertail prickly pear are common in Zion National Park. The beavertail can be difficult to distinguish but are the most commonly seen prickly pears in the park, particularly in the lower canyon slopes and the lower plateaus. Engelmann prickly-pear has been used by Natives and other locals to make jams and candies. The cacti actively grow in the summertime when they are able to absorb water from the ground.”

Leah Simantel, Research Associate, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. “The Ash Meadows milkvetch (Astragalus phoenix) is a threatened species endemic to the Ash Meadows national wildlife refuge in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. This plant’s most likely pollinator is the Porter’s Digger Bee (Anthophora porterae). A 2008 study found that members of Anthophora are drawn to the Ash Meadows milkvetch, even in the presence of other flowering plants! These highly-specialized plant-insect relationships underscore the need to conserve forb diversity in the desert southwest – protect the plant, protect the pollinator.”

Rebecca Finnigan, Research Associate, Compliance Archivist, Zion National Park. “Growing from a rock in the desert, reaching for the sun, life finds a way here at Zion National Park.”

Allison Sloat, Research Associate, AML Technician, Joshua Tree National Park. “Flowering Mojave mound cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus).”

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