Many Olympians know of the Mima Mounds as one of the area’s most remarkable geological curiosities. The perfectly-spaced domes comprise an other-worldy landscape of the sort that might be found in Hobbit stories; but which are a surprising feature in Washington state. The mounds themselves are a refuge for the plants and animals of a remarkable prairie ecosystem that is all but lost to the South Sound. Since 1976, the Department of Natural Resources has worked to restore the prairie environment by repopulating native species and combating invasive ones.
On Saturday, July. 7th, Lalita Calabria took her summer Plant Biology program to the Mounds to identify and document the plant species they found there. Our latest One Minute Evergreen is a snapshot of their trip. Enjoy!