Field Diaries - Victoria (September 30, 2017)

It has been a privilege to work in collaboration with the Santo Domingo Natural Resources Department. They were very welcoming and the knowledge was interchanging: from me providing them with information on how we scout, identify, collect, GPS, etc... and they shared with me their traditional ecological knowledge that has been passed on through generations. We went on a full day scouting tour, covering many places within the reservation. From scrublands to woodlands to grasslands and a mosaic between. Driving around this pristine land that has carried so much history for this community's tradition and culture was a pleasure. Driving through massive populations of Cleome serrulata (Rocky Mountain Bee Plant) and Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats Grama) growing over recovered grazing plots, and Helianthus annuus (Annual Sunflower) emerging from the acequias along fields of corn, as well as sugar cane, melons, beans, and squash everywhere I turned. This trip not only introduced us to newly found scouting locations for potential collections, but also to a pathway to working with other tribes.