Koptur, Suzanne , Pena, Adel , Barragan, Michelle , Foss, Jennifer , Hoang, Lisa , Maschinski, Joyce , Perez-Munoz, Lisset .
Gardening for pollinators of native plants – pine rockland restoration in Miami schoolyards.
To promote restoration of imperiled pine rockland habitat in southeastern peninsular Florida, several institutions have initiated similar projects in different parts of Miami, and have subsequently undertaken collaboration. We have collected seeds and cuttings from species not commonly propagated, and used them to create schoolyard habitats in K-12 schools, university campuses, and botanical gardens. FIU and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden researchers have grown species that have previously proven difficult for most gardeners, and have made them available in various ways for projects in schools and private residences. We have studied pollinator visitation to many of the native plants in natural habitats, and can compare visitors to flowers of plants in restoration plantings. Data from one elementary and one middle school indicate that many plant/animal interactions take place in these schoolyard habitats, and that a variety of native insects visit flowers in these pine rockland plantings. Future plantings along roadways may provide corridors necessary for movement of pollinators, seed dispersers, and other animals of pine rocklands to move between and among the remaining and restored pine rockland habitat fragments.
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1 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th St., University Park Campus, Miami, FL, 33199, USA
2 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Center for Tropical Plant Conservation, 11935 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, 33156-4242, USA
3 - West Miami Middle Community School, Miami, FL
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Ball Room & Party Room/SUB
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM