The photos and bold captions are from "Part 2" of the TEDx talk found
Why would volunteers brave cold and snow to cut down trees? Some people would much rather sit inside and complain about Chicago's weather. I've heard people say they woke up, looked outside, and asked themselves, "Am I really doing this today?" And yet, once the group assembles and starts to work, it feels so good.
|Yet we worried about public perception. With our best intentions,|
we were changing landscapes that people had grown accustomed to.
|Might our cutting and burning provoke controversy?|
|We reached out through leaflets, media, guided tours, however we could.|
|And the work progressed.|
|Over time, many volunteers developed special skills. No-holds-barred brush cutter,|
Lisa Culp Musgrave on weekdays is a tennis pro and coach.
|Inspired by Somme, she took up nature photography. First wildflowers …|
Violet wood sorrel grows in high quality prairies, savannas, and open woods.
In "the dead of winter" we feel the miracle of temperate ecosystems. Under our feet - roots, eggs, and hibernators are dependent on our stewardship - as are birds that will raise their young here but now are on Caribbean islands or in the Amazon. As Lisa burns brush in February, she thinks about dragonflies and orchids she will photograph in April through November.
|... then animals.|
|She became a master.|
|But what inspired her most was learning that she could physically restore needed plants – the base of the ecosystem. She started with the declining fringed gentian. Somme had very few – and those few were typically eaten by white-tailed deer.|
|Lisa and friends protected the gentians with deer exclusion cages.|
Then she broadcast the seed that now matured,
and soon the gentians were widespread.
|Lisa moved on to Somme’s rarest plant – the federal-endangered|
prairie white-fringed orchid. We’d seen a few here and there, for decades,
but a very few, as the deer liked these even more.
|Cages helped. But there was a bigger problem.|
This small population didn’t attract its specialized pollinators.
Most flowers failed to set seed.
|Lisa hand-pollinated, by toothpick, and taught others to do so.|
|Lisa's efforts did pay off.|
By 2013, Somme had 460 white-fringed orchids,
more than four times the state-wide total seven years earlier.
This ends Part 2.
Thanks for joining us on this adventure.
More detailed and technical notes on Part 2 of this TED talk are at:
Part 3 will tackle "Bulldozers vs. Sensitive Ecologists."