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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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    1. Welcome To Lone Rock Point

    2. We're the Apiarists of Lone Rock Point Liz Joy Nate

    3. 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.

    4. SOME FLOWERS WE FOUND ARE….. • 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)

    5. 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 Cowvetch (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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

    8. 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

    9. Water Chemistry: conductivity

    10. Water Chemistry: pH

    11. 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.

    12. GEOLOGY of Rock Point

    13. DUNHAM DOLOMITE- older IBERVILLE SHALE- younger

    14. INSECTS AT ROCK POINT

    15. The parade ground location for the collection of insects.

    16. LANDSCAPE CHANGES OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS 1906 postcard from Bailey Howe Library

    17. 2003

    18. MORE OF OUR ADVENTURES! The end of swimming at North Beach

    19. Nate has no need for the love sauce!!