[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Narrows Prairie page.]
This year we mowed for aspen sprouts, as usual. Next year we’re going to try some other ways of treating the aspens – in small areas as experiments. It would be nice to eliminate them rather than having to mow so much of the prairie every fall.
5/24/2022 Lupine and Golden Alexanders
6/2/2022 This Lupine patch gets bigger and more beautiful every year. This year the blister beetles (Lytta sayi) arrived early and polished off most of the flowers and seeds of the lupine before they started on the White Wild Indigo. But we got to see the early flowering, at least.
7/16/2022 This prairie has lots of Culver’s Root.
8/6/2022 I didn’t plant Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya) – the seeds were probably mixed in with other seeds I bought. But it’s thriving. There are 3 or 4 clumps growing in this prairie.
9/28/2022 Frost on the grasses but melting in the sun
10/3/2022 New England Aster
10/3/2022 Trac-dor spent the night in the prairie – waiting to mow more aspen sprouts.
10/3/2022 Aspen sprouts mowing
10/5/2022 Mike leaves areas that don’t have aspens unmowed – as refuges for insects and other creatures.
11/28/2022 Every night from fall until spring, the crows fly north over our ridge in huge flocks. We think they have a night roosting place in the next valley – maybe along the Buffalo River. They make stops along the way, and one day one of the stops was the Narrows Prairie and the trees surrounding it. We discovered them on our afternoon walk. There were crows everywhere.
11/28/2022 Heading north over the ridge
Here’s a link to a video of the crows – no sound.