[To see photos and stories of the savanna in other years, see the links on the main Twisted Oak Savanna page.]
This year the snow disappeared very early, so we were able to mow in early April.
I also started clearing a buckthorn thicket that runs along the western edge of the savanna. I got one strip cleared but there’s more to do – the buckthorn continues almost all the way down the hill.
7/22/2020 This is Ragwort opening. It’s getting more sun now that we’ve opened up the savanna on 3 sides.
9/1/2020 There was lots of Field Thistle and Tall Thistle this year. The butterflies loved it, but I think next year I’ll remove some so other plants have a chance.
10/9/2020 Ragwort Opening
10/9/2020 This is the top of Ragwort Opening, along the path. It’s still quite weedy – it was a thicket of brush a few years ago before we cleared here. For the past few years it’s had a circle of Field Thistle that attracts migrating Monarchs.
10/9/2020 Red Maple at the edge of the savanna
12/7/2020 This is a thicket of mostly buckthorn along the lower edge of the savanna, extending down the west slope nearly to the bottom of the hill. I started cutting and treating it in a strip along the edge of the savanna, working my way down the hill.
12/22/2020 Finished clearing buckthorn for the season – I cut a strip all the way to the prairie opening at the edge of the point.
12/22/2020 Looking north, along the lower edge of the savanna. I did some buckthorn clearing here too, but there wasn’t as much.