Wildflower season is growing longer in the mountains

October 1, 2014
Photo: Wildflower ecologist David Inouye(Photo: Courtesy of Martha Inouye)
Ecologist David Inouye studies wildflowers at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte.
While that may be good for viewing, it has broader implications for the birds and the bees that dine on flower nectar and are pollinators for the flowers.
“There are now flowers that are blooming before the pollinators are around so the flowers aren’t getting pollinated,” he says.
Photo: Wildflower by anna hanelCPR News/Anna Hanel
Wildflowers bloom near Crested Butte.
Inouye has been doing reasearch at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte for some 40 years. He's monitored patches of  wildflowers there for decades. He says that although there’s a lot of variation from year to year, the trend is that growing season getting longer and the blooming periods are changing.