Sumac Prairie 2014

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] This was an exciting year for Sumac Prairie.  We made several wonderful new discoveries, did more mowing and clearing, and saw the two main prairie areas merge into one. 1/11/2014   2/9/2014   3/8/2014 … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie 2014”

Mining the Bluffs

November 2012 This is the frac sand mining issue I feel the most strongly about.  The hills and bluffs of Buffalo County give our landscape its character, and are one of the reasons so many of us enjoy living and visiting here.  And the animals and birds we see – deer, eagles, trout, turkeys, butterflies, … Continue reading “Mining the Bluffs”

Sumac Prairie 2013

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] This was another year when I worked hard on hand clearing brush on both the steep prairie hillside and the savanna hillside. 1/10/2013   3/11/2013  We had several late season snowstorms, which shortened the … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie 2013”

Sumac Prairie 2011

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] 1/2/2011 – the start of a new year.  This is one of the areas where Mike and I cleared brush last spring.   2/14/2011 – Sumac Prairie with melting snow cover.  Because Sumac Prairie … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie 2011”

Sumac Prairie 2009

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] This year I did some more cutting in the savanna area on top, at the east end, and more cutting of sumac and raspberries on the face of the hill, also on the east … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie 2009”

Sumac Prairie 2005

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] 1/17/2005   Sometimes these south facing slopes lose their snow very early.   1/17/2005   1/17/2005    Looking down from the prairie   1/23/2005 – A week later, it was covered with snow again.   2/20/2005 … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie 2005”

Insect Holes on Sumac Prairie

These holes are in the sandy part of Sumac Prairie – a very steep rocky bluff prairie on a south-facing slope.   The holes vary in size from 1/8″ to 3/8″.    According to Charley Eiseman, they are made by Wolf Spiders – Geolycosa sp. 11/10/2009   11/10/2009   11/10/2009   This is the largest hole.  The lip … Continue reading “Insect Holes on Sumac Prairie”