Event Title

Blue Earth County Prairie Flora Field Guide

Location

CSU 202

Start Date

11-4-2017 11:05 AM

End Date

11-4-2017 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Biological Sciences

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Matthew Kaproth

Mentor's Department

Biological Sciences

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

The tallgrass prairie remnants found throughout Blue Earth County, Minnesota provides habitat for native floral. To preserve and protect the existing biome and begin restoring degraded land, conservation of local floral needs to be educated to the public. With the hopes that a more educated public, we might expect to see a stronger conservation efforts within the community. This current project focuses on the creation of a Blue Earth County Prairie floral guide. This will lead to be a tool in education of floral species to the public. A species list was constructed for the county, focusing on the predominant and endemic species that are a primary focus in many prairie habitats. Over 80 species were considered for this project. Each species was drawn from specimens that are a part of the Radicle Herbarium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The final project was a field guide compiled of illustrations paired with descriptions of each plant and arranged with a dichotomous key to allow for easy identification of prairie species in the Blue Earth County and the surrounding area within our ecologically important biome.

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Blue Earth County Prairie Flora Field Guide

CSU 202

The tallgrass prairie remnants found throughout Blue Earth County, Minnesota provides habitat for native floral. To preserve and protect the existing biome and begin restoring degraded land, conservation of local floral needs to be educated to the public. With the hopes that a more educated public, we might expect to see a stronger conservation efforts within the community. This current project focuses on the creation of a Blue Earth County Prairie floral guide. This will lead to be a tool in education of floral species to the public. A species list was constructed for the county, focusing on the predominant and endemic species that are a primary focus in many prairie habitats. Over 80 species were considered for this project. Each species was drawn from specimens that are a part of the Radicle Herbarium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The final project was a field guide compiled of illustrations paired with descriptions of each plant and arranged with a dichotomous key to allow for easy identification of prairie species in the Blue Earth County and the surrounding area within our ecologically important biome.

Recommended Citation

Theis, Addeline. "Blue Earth County Prairie Flora Field Guide." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 11, 2017.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2017/oral-session-07/4