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    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

May Day Flower Tour at Bighorn Canyon

princes plume with western tailed blue butterfly
Princes plum with Butterfly
Sharon Genaux

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News Release Date: April 21, 2010
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5404

April showers bring May flowers and Bighorn Canyon invites you to go in search of those May Flowers with local plant expert, Earl Jensen. The expedition will leave from the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming at 9 AM on Saturday, May 1, 2010.  A car caravan will be organized in the parking lot with Mr. Jensen in the lead.  He will stop periodically throughout the park and take explorers on short hikes in search of the early May flowers. Participants should bring a lunch, appropriate outdoor clothing, and comfortable shoes. 

Earl Jensen is the author of Flowers of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains and Big Horn Basin. If you have taken a Taxonomy class at North West College, you may be very familiar with this book. Born in Wisconsin, Mr. Jensen’s botanical interest began at the age of 15 while serving as the camp naturalist teaching plant and animal identification at a Boy Scout Camp.  He later received his BA in biology from Luther College in Iowa in 1964, returned to school and received his MS in 1968 from Humboldt State.  In 1972 he earned his PhD in plant taxonomy at Utah State.  After working with the New York Botanical Garden and Intermountain Herbarium at Utah State, his path led him to Wyoming.  In 1973 he began teaching at the Greybull High School.  Mr. Jensen has since retired, but continues to teach others about the flowers that are found in the Big Horn Mountains and the Big Horn Basin. 

We hope to see you on May 1, 2010 for this exciting expedition.  If you have questions, please contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5404. 

 

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