[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]
We did almost no mowing or other maintenance on Western Prairie this year. The only thing we did was to mow one small section just west of the path down to Volvo Meadow – in early March. It’s an area that seems too ‘grassy’ – too dominated by Big Bluestem. After Mike mowed it, I planted seeds in the western half of the mowed area. We’ll watch over the next few years and see if there’s any change.
6/6/2016 Golden Alexanders and Spiderwort
6/6/2016 Golden Alexanders, Spiderwort and Indian Paintbrush
6/6/2016 Wild Rose with a bee
8/26/2016 Tall Boneset and Round-headed Bushclover
8/27/2016 Stiff Goldenrod and Indian Grass
8/28/2016 Along the edge of the woods between Western Prairie and Big View Prairie – formerly a burdock thicket