Friends of Biodiversity Show Their Support
We’re incredibly humbled and proud to report that together we raised $65,000 on the University of Wyoming Giving Day, October 20-21! This sets a new record, and we thank you for supporting us. We received a major gift of $50,000 from Don and Judy Legerski to support the UW Teton Graduate Scholars in Biodiversity. Read about the impact of our donors here.
This is not a pine cone!
With the wildflowers gone and the last of the autumn leaves falling, now is the time to appreciate conifer trees! Do you know how many species are native to Wyoming? How many can you identify? Our dichotomous key will lead you to each of the species, so you never have to say just “pine tree” again! Download it from our website or ask us for a printed copy.
Mullen Fire Field Trip
On a warm Fall day, nearly 50 people joined us for a hike and helped us launch the Mullen Wildfire Community Science Initiative. We walked among the burn scars of the Mullen Fire, witnessed first-hand many of the adaptations native plants have to survive in ecosystems with fire, and learned how cheatgrass is the biggest threat impacting sagebrush ecosystems throughout the west. Be on the lookout for opportunities to monitor cheatgrass and microorganisms next Spring and Summer through the Initiative at our website.
UW’s Natural Science Treasures
Do you know that the largest collection of Rocky Mountain plants in the world is located at the University of Wyoming? The Rocky Mountain Herbarium holds 1.3 million plant specimens, the majority from our region. Both the Biodiversity Institute and the Herbarium are members of the UW Natural Science Collections Partnership. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and UW’s other natural science treasures at naturalsciencecollections.org
Browse through our field guides, children’s guides, coloring books, and stickers for a unique stocking stuffer for the nature enthusiast in your family. We have a native plant guide for your mom, a toad coloring book for your nephew, and hand-drawn stickers of Wyoming organisms for yourself! Shop at wyobiodiversity.net
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