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Students conduct wildflower census

Students in Biosystems II labs taught by Dr. Alan Lievens and Dr. Mark Gustafson conducted the fourth annual census of the wildflower populations at the field on Vaughan Street near campus. Students calculated population densities for all of the wildflowers in bloom. Populations of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes have plummeted from last year, when spring conditions were very wet. This year, old plainsman and Indian blanket are the most abundant species. Some of the bluebonnets that were flowering were only an inch high.