2020 Field Day Videos
Every year Hamilton Native Outpost has a field day to share knowledge of native plants. This year the topic was “Diversity of Plants: Stronger Together than Alone.” Speakers discussed the C-value system, how animals benefit from grazing a diversity of plants, how cool and warm season plants are better together in the same field for sunlight and carbon dioxide capture, the importance of biochar to soils, diversity of roots in a diverse native grassland, and creating a native silvopasture. While this field day was focused on forages, the topics covered appeal to many interest areas.
Watch as Justin Thomas, a botanist and ecologist with Nature Cite, discusses what makes healthy people. He also explains how the C-value system is used to show how healthy the land is by measuring the stability of a plant community. Justin’s talk is instructive to anyone interested in native plants or native ecosystems.
Did you know there are many benefits to animals when they are grazing diverse native grasslands? Learn more about secondary plant compounds, animals self-medicating through their diet, and other topics by watching Loren Steele. While obviously very livestock focused, many of these topics apply equally to wildlife.
Elizabeth Steele explains how the layering effect improves the growth and carbon dioxide capture of cool season plants. She also discusses how carbon dioxide concentrations can be higher at ground level, which benefits plants. This talk will appeal to anyone interested in how plants work together in an ecosystem or pasture.
Watch as Elizabeth Steele explains what biochar is and how it is important to soil health in native grasslands. This topic will be of interest to a wide audience who enjoys learning about soil health and/or native grasslands.
Some plant roots are thick and woody and contribute to long term soil organic matter, some are long and increase infiltration of water farther into the soil, while others have a relationship with bacteria to create their own form of usable nitrogen. Watch as Amy Hamilton explains how roots vary and how the different root systems benefit the grassland. This video will be informative to those with an interest in plants or soil health.
Did you know that a drone can be used to spread native seed? Watch as Colt Hamilton talks about native silvopastures. He shows how much forage they can produce, discusses the establishment process, and how they can be seeded with an Aerial Spreader. While focused on creating savannas and woodlands for pasture, this talk will be interesting to anyone restoring these ecosystems.