|Volunteer leader Trevor Edmonson among the resurrected mallows. They were extinct, except for some dormant seeds, waiting for brush control, and a hot burn.|
|Here Trevor spreads the word to Field Museum videographers Robb Telfer and Emily Graslie.|
- cut small brush off the steep bank on the southwest side of the island (where many of the rare plants live).
- cut more large brush from former mallow areas and do more of the “rolling bonfires” that inspired the germination of the mallows and other fire-dependent plants.
- rely on the contractors to focus on the more-demanding control of small brush.
|In her fun video on the project, Emily admits to feeling a bit emotional about the recovery drama and its implications.|
If you wear waterproof boots, you can help less-prepared people get in and out of our little rowboat ferry without getting their feet wet.
If you want a real challenge, help us with our rolling bonfires - which were crucial to the resurrection of the mallows.
|We roll these fires with the wind, to replicate the out-of-control, hotter fires that some plants need.|
For a wacky and fun report on this drama, check out the the Field Museum video - from which the above photos came (except the rolling bonfire photo - both Trevor and I are in it - who took that one?).