Dr. Lori Biederman to Speak at Lakeside Lab on the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Fri 6-15-2018 1838 Highway 86 Milford,IA
(Okoboji)-The Lakeside Lab Speaker Series will focus on a rare native plant on Tuesday evening, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:
The Friends of Lakeside Lab Science Seminar on Tuesday will feature Dr. Lori Biederman from Iowa State University.
Biederman's research centers on the effects of management to the tall grass prairies, with a special focus on the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid:
"The Western Prairie Fringed Orchid is a terrestrial orchid that lives in Iowa. It also lives in Minnesota and Manitoba down through Kansas and Nebraska. It's pollinated by a hawk moth species, those little hummingbird moths pollinate it, and it flowers about the end of June, early July."
She adds that the rare orchid is an indicator of climate change:
"Because this plant is sensitive to climate, it provides a bellwether to understanding how climate change may affect other species in Iowa, both native and our agricultural species."
Biederman's talk will begin at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening at Mahan Hall on the Lakeside Laboratory Campus. Talk is free and open to the public.
Hear the full interview: