Encouraging pollinator activity at Scatter Creek Rest Area

National Pollinator Week a great time to check in on progress being made

By Ann Briggs

A couple years ago, we talked about our integrated vegetation management application as a method of aiding pollinators and encouraging a fitter ecosystem round our state highways.



One of the initiatives we highlighted at that point was our work round the Scatter Creek Rest Area on I-5 north of Centralia. By limiting mowing operations, we permit local crops return to type a meadow, offering habitat for local pollinators distinctive to that ecosystem.
Solitary bees have been one of the main pollinators we’ve observed at the Scatter Creek Rest Area.

With National Pollinator Week June 17-21, it is a nice time to verify in at the progress.



In September 2018, we planted 39 species of local crops in three seed mixes, with species overlap amongst the mixes. Our objective is to overview seed mixes and web web website guidance cures to decide which blend will establish pollinator-friendly plant conceal for use on roadsides and at construction sites.
Left: A hover fly finds a good spot to check out near the I-5 Scatter Creek Rest Area. Right: Empid flies like this have been a frequent visitor to the meadow area near the Scatter Creek Rest Area.

We had a fairly chilly spring in 2019, adopted by way of way of an strange warm and dry interval in April while a few of those crops have been start to germinate. As of past due May, at the very least 10 species of crops had germinated from the seed mixes – a few have been no longer yet at a degree the place we might name the species. Within the 29 experiment plots, we recognized 35 crops in total, adding 10 local plant species from the seed mixes, which exhibits there are nonetheless many seeds ultimate from past crops regardless of our efforts to take away them. The most standard species from the seed mixes have been Roemer's fescue (Festuca roemeri), substantial blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora), and lupine (Lupinus bicolor).
By limiting our mowing to encourage growth of native plans, we’re working to produce a healthier
ecosystem for pollinators at the rest area near Scatter Creek along I-5.

We had a exceptionally chilly spring in 2019, adopted through means of an strange warm and dry interval in April while a few of those crops have been delivery to germinate. As of past due May, no longer less than 10 species of crops had germinated from the seed mixes – a few have been no longer yet at a degree the place we might title the species. Within the 29 experiment plots, we recognized 35 crops in total, adding 10 local plant species from the seed mixes, which exhibits there are nonetheless many seeds final from past crops regardless of our efforts to take away them. The most regular species from the seed mixes have been Roemer's fescue (Festuca roemeri), significant blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora), and lupine (Lupinus bicolor).

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