Steward Margaret Tobin called this one due to rain; with seven people still showing up at the site we decided a short walk was in order. It was a good one despite numerous mosquitoes. We visited several places where we've worked in the past, including one which Margaret insists 'wants to be prairie' - after clearing, prairie plants previously unseen started popping up.
Margaret, steward Bob Arentz, and FPCC ecologist Kristin Pink will co-host an ecology walk on Saturday, August 11 at 9 am. We will meet at the watchman's house on Ford Road - see our weekly email of August 9 for details.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday July 22
We started with the intent of collecting seed, did a bit of that but spent more time pulling white sweet clover as we toured a portion of the preserve. Summer days are great for learning because we tend to move around and see a lot of plants in a couple hours. Good times in the woods!
For fellow lovers of the color purple, both prairie blazing star and ironweed (pictured below) are beginning to bloom. Makes the prairie a prettier place!