We visited our friends Shelley and David in September 2015. They have about 120 acres of gorgeous sand prairie and black oak savanna in south central Wisconsin. Here are photos from our visit, including some photos that Mike took with his drone.
House with handmade (by Shelley & David) wooden shingles
Dash the dog
Roofs – from Shelley’s hideout
Shed with green roof
Watching the first drone flight
Prairie, pond, and bog from the drone
A walk in the prairie – a very dry sand prairie. Some of the plants are ones we see on our dry bluff prairies, but others we don’t have at all.
A very sandy spot with lichens
Oaks and lichens
Prairie in the foreground, savanna on the hill on the left, and bog beyond the trees
Savanna with the lake in the background
Oak wilt habitat – but also good for Red-headed Woodpeckers. Two pairs, which fledged 3 young in 2015.
Shelley, Mike and David
Shelley and Marcie
David and Mike
The bog from the deck of the lake house
Deck of the lake house
Bog and pond
Boardwalk into the bog
The bog with savanna beyond
Baby pitcher plants
Sphagnum and bog cranberry
More Pitcher plants
Shelley and I put up lights and bait to attract moths. These are most of the species we saw.
Sunflower Borer – I think
Sensitive Fern Borer
We painted the bait on leaves – mostly oak leaves, and nearly every leaf had a Sloping Sallow sucking up the bait.
Getting ready for one last drone flight
Savanna from the drone
Big kettles of Broad-winged Hawks were migrating overhead. We had to watch to be sure there weren’t any nearby when we sent up the drone.
Tesla in the prairie