[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]
We didn’t do any special projects here this year. Mike mowed a little brush at the eastern edge – where there’s a goldenrod field bordering the prairie – so it was easier for me to find the Garlic Mustard that has invaded there. I cut and treated some of the shrubs – mostly asian honeysuckles – that have invaded the prairie. There are many more shrubs that I need to cut. And I cut and treated Pale Indian-plantain.
3/25/2019 One day there were dozens of deer here, at the northern end of the prairie. When I got close they all ran down the ravine into 3 Finger Valley.
3/27/2019 It’s easy to see the small bushes and trees that are coming up in the prairie.
7/8/2019 July mornings are a sea of blue Spiderwort
7/8/2019 A few of the Spiderworts are white.
8/7/2019 This is Pale Indian-plantain (Arnoglossum atriplicifolium). It’s a plant that’s native to south-eastern Wisconsin, but when it’s planted elsewhere, it becomes aggressive and invasive. I think the seeds must have come along with other seeds I purchased – I’ve never intentionally planted them. It’s only growing in a few places, and only in this prairie. I cut and treated all the ones I found.
8/20/2019 Canada Goldenrod is thick in this spot – to the left of the path.