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Welcome. To. Lone Rock Point. We're the Apiarists of Lone Rock Point. Liz. Joy. Nate. Our Purpose. Our purpose was to explore the natural environment by studying the bees and their relationship to tree pollination.

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Lone Rock Point

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Our Purpose

Our purpose was to explore the natural environment by studying the bees and their relationship to tree pollination.

We took several tree cores from old apple trees near and around the bee hives. The apple trees in previous years had stopped producing normal apples. Since the bees had arrived near the apple trees two years ago, the apples have taken better form and are useable for use as apple sauce and cider.

We also identified many of the more common flowers surrounding the bee hives. We did this to see which flowers were more prominent because of bee pollination.

Overall we found multiple positive effects the bees have had on their environment.

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  • Usually found in open woods

  • Prefers moist soils

  • More common in mountainous areas

  • Often grows in moderately-dense thickets

  • Attains a height of 4 to 5 feet

  • Flowers appear in early summer and are a brilliant reddish-purple

Purple-Flowering Raspberry

(Rubus Odoratus)

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  • Grows in large clusters and has a tubular shape

  • Flowers grow off of a long-stalked vein, do not

  • encircle the vine, and only grow along one side

  • Grows between 60-90 cm. (2-3 ft.) tall

  • Found in open areas and tall grasses throughout

  • the Northeastern US around May-August


(Vicia Cracca)

New England Aster

Aster Novae-Angliae

  • Height: 2-6 feet

  • Blooming period: August-October

  • Found in low-lying areas, roadsides, mass

  • plantings, margins of tree-lines

  • Leaves, when crushed, release an aroma similar to

  • turpentine

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Tall Buttercup

(Ranunculus Acris)

  • Hairy perennial, often reaching 3 feet in height,

  • with stems much branched above

  • Introduced from Europe

  • Well established throughout most of North

  • America

  • Usually occur in meadows and pastures and are

  • generally avoided by livestock

Dames Violet/Rocket

(Hesperis Matron Alis)

  • Blooms mid-April to mid-May

  • Gets a little gangly, putting out flowering stems that

  • run along the ground a ways before shooting up

  • Tolerates dry soil and neglect

  • Some States put it on an invasive species list, but it can

  • easily be controlled by sheering back the plant after

  • blooming

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Apple Tree Core

The existing apple trees around the bee hives were approximately one hundred and twenty years old. Prior to the bees living in such close quarters with the trees, the trees produced poorly developed fruit.

Since 2000, the bees have improved the apples trees’ growth and ability to produce better fruit.

Lighter sap wood.

Darker heart wood.

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Aquatic Life and Water Chemistry at Lone Rock Point

  • Water pH and conductivity were measured at 4 meter intervals out from a creek mouth entering Lake Champlain

  • Collected benthic macroinvertebrates to assess water quality

  • Inventory of near-lake botany

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Onshore & Offshore pH

  • The Dunham Dolomite and Iberville Shale are responsible for the basic pH values of the soil and water of Lone Rock Point.

  • The calcite (CaCO3) and the dolomite ((Ca,Mg)CO3) minerals neutralize the hydrogen ions in surface, lake, and ground water. This raises their pH values to between 8.0 and 9.0.

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of Rock Point

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1906 postcard from Bailey Howe Library

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The end of swimming at North Beach