1,500 Seed Balls, Immeasurable Impact
Caleb and Steve engaged hundreds of children and adults in the art of seed-balling at the Grasslands Fair at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend.
“What are you doing?!?” passersby asked as we rolled marble-sized mixtures of clay, sand and 5 native grasses and shrubs: Cane beard grass (Bothriochloa barbinodis), Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Bush Muhly (Muhlenbergia porteri), Arizona cottontop (Digitaria californica) and Four-wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens). This question offered us the opportunity to explain the complexities of habitat degradation and the efforts of Borderlands Restoration to reverse this trend.
We ended the day with around 1,500 new seed balls to revegetate the refuge (and a total of 5,000 seed balls for the refuge.) We handed out seed balls to visitors at our booth to toss into the refuge on the way out. Dried seed balls allow seeds to safely remain stored in rock-like clay until water essentially melts the ball and allows the seed to germinate in sufficient water. We hope to partner with Buenos Aires NWR for a massive revegetation project in the next couple of years to reverse the unzipping of landscapes due to past issues with overgrazing.