Dry Bluff Prairie Remnants – Restoration

[To see more about restoration of other types of remnants, go to the main Restoration of Remnants page] We have 5 large bluff prairie areas that we’re working to restore: Indian Grass Point,   Big View Prairie,   Knife Edge Prairie,   Sumac Prairie,  and  Hidden Oaks Point. The bluff prairies are all on steep south, south-east […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sumac Prairie Work Project – October 2011

Some folks from The Prairie Enthusiasts came out last weekend to help us cut brush on one of our remnant savannas.  It was great fun – a beautiful fall day, and we all worked very hard and got a lot done. The savanna is at the top of a bluff, above our largest remnant prairie […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sumac Prairie 2001/2002/2003

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.] We didn’t do much on Sumac Prairie for several years.  We tried cutting some of the sumac, but we didn’t use any herbicide, and it came back stronger than ever.  We mowed a path […]

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 […]