White Fringeless Orchid Project
FCHS STEM Academy, Sawnee Mountain Preserve and the Atlanta Botanical Garden have partnered in a project in Sawnee Mountain Preserve. The project is an effort to help restore habitat and to propagate Platanthera integrilabia, the White Fringeless Orchis. Native to Georgia the last report siting of the orchid in around Sawnee Mountain park was in 1975. This joint effort is to help restore habitats to facilitate the growth of the orchid by removal of trash and debris from specific sites, removal of invasive and exotic species, thinning of the canopy and understory growth. Seeds obtained from the Atlanta Botanical Garden have been planted in the locations and there growth and development will be monitored on a regular basis.
On October 15th, HOSA/BIOTECH students (the day after the HOSA Fall Rally) worked at Sawnee Mountain Preserve for most of the day, removing overgrowth, invasive plants, debris and trash from areas where the White Fringless Orchid grows. A few growths were spotted and check. This ongoing project will help the natural growth of this endangered plant.
FCHS STEM Students at Sawnee Mountain Park in June with employees of the Atlanta Botanical Garden looking at various sites for the White Fringeless Orchid
FCHS STEM Biotechnology were one of three school invited to attend a workshop at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and work in their Molecular Biology Lab studying and DNA Barcoding pollinators collected from 2 Urban Parks located in Atlanta. Students visited each site, recorded pollinator activities for a specified time, and the collect various pollinators do perform genetic Barcoding. Results of their study will be determined at a later date. This workshop is in conjunction with the ongoing White Fringeless Orchid Project at Sawnee Mountain Preserve.