[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]
It was a good year for Western Prairie. Lots of flowers; the prairies are getting more mature. Even the northern section is starting to get more grasses. And I saw a few new plants flower. The oldest (southern) section was 8 years old, the middle was 7 and the northern section was 6. We didn’t do any maintenance at all – no mowing, no burning. We had lots of nesting Henslow’s Sparrows and Clay-colored Sparrows.
8/4/2013 We still have Queen Anne’s Lace, but it doesn’t seem to reduce the number of native flowers.
9/1/2013 This was the first time I’d seen Dotted Blazing Star blooming in this prairie. We have lots of it around the house, in very sandy soil. I had planted seeds of it here, not knowing if it would like the heavier soil, but here it is.
10/2/2013 Dragon Wormwood – another plant of dry sandy prairies. Also the first time I’d seen it here.
11/1/2013 A panoramic view that Mike took with his phone. (Click to see a larger version)