Wildflowers bring out romance in researcher

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It’s been a wet year, with well above average snow and rain in the area. One benefit: The wildflowers are going nuts. It was a wonderful surprise for botanist Fernando Furquim as he arrived in Park County from Santiago, Brazil, late last month. Furquim is passionate about plants. He’s in Park County working on his doctoral thesis, studying the effects of disturbances from fire and grazing on plant communities and the ecosystem. It’s heady research, and Furquim is an intensely serious scientist, but it doesn’t stop him from taking time out of his experiments to smell the flowers. Or to taste the flowers. “I will taste them if they are reported to be edible,” Furquim said between bites at a local restaurant Monday. “Foeniculum vulgare tastes good —...

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