Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations
1/4/14: Mary Wilson
The rain that fell on November 21-23 has produced poppy and other plant germination.
The area of the perennial poppies (southeast of the Visitor Center) did have some small plants that had true leaves but do not know if they are annual or perennial poppies. The ones that are there are starting to shrivel.
There are filaree and they have the true leaves and some red leaves but no blooms. The grasses are up to about 3 inches. There are a few fiddleneck starting to come up. In front of the Viola Parr bench there is a nice sized locoweed but no buds yet. The asters have gone to seed but did find a couple of blooms. The Turkey mullein has turned the ivory color. The rubber rabbitbrush has gone to seed. There are very few tumbleweeds in the areas I was in and the ones left are dead.
On December 1st I put in 79 picks by possible poppy cots. Today there are 37 poppy plants. These poppies now have the four spiked cot leaves but no true leaves. All the other picks were pulled because the plants were withered, gone or dead. There is a small amount of filaree in the plot and approximately 50% of the leaves are red. There are a few blue Dick coming up. The west side of the plot there are 2 poppy plants and they only have two spiked cot leaves, not the four. This side of the plot has a few fiddleneck plants coming up.
In the area around the plot, the bunch grasses are starting to get new green blades and there are filaree plants that are small, poppies and fiddleneck.
The land between the kiosk and the exit road has nice sized filaree and they are blooming. The grasses are up to 5/6 inches. There are oats that are starting seeds. Fiddleneck and mustard are starting to bloom.
In the same area in the southwest corner just as you drive up to the kiosk there are young Joshua trees and Beavertail cactus pads. In 2007 I planted Joshua tree seeds from a pod that was harvested from the Joshua tree to the west of the Visitor Center. These were transplanted in 2012. In 2011 four Beavertail cacti pads were cut from exiting plants by Plot #5 and planted in pots. These were also transplanted in 2012. The Joshua trees and Beavertail cactus that were transplanted are doing well.
Burrowing Owl Habitats:
The Burrowing Owls seem pleased as I found new droppings and pellets at almost every habitat.