Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Grand Prairie Friends Warbler Ridge Open House

Today we went out to Warbler Ridge for the Grand Prairie Friends Open House. 

We took a short hike and saw some early wildflowers.  I recognized mayapple, ferns, trillium, spring beauties (in bloom), serviceberries (in bloom), and redbuds (almost ready to bloom).  One I didn't know turned out to be cutleaf toothwort.  Further research at home indicates the leaves and roots are edible.  :D

They had some interesting new educational materials.  BrandenBark is an artificial bark used to make bat roots.  Sadly the information page doesn't seem to have sale options.  :(  Here's a more detailed report of its use.  At Fieldhaven we have several standing dead snags -- we leave dead trees in place if they're not in the way.  And we definitely have bats in the area, as they are visible after a rain when the insects hatch.  One or two evenings later -- BATS BATS BATS swooping over the south lot and the prairie. \o/

I picked up some free seeds: milkweed, marigold, and two kinds of sunflowers.  Those will be fun to plant.

It's really cool to see how the place has grown.  A couple years ago they started cutting trails. They've torn down the ratty old shed and put up a nice new metal barn, along with the little old wooden one originally used for function space.  The parking lot is graveled in too.  I'm really looking forward to the native plant sale coming up.
Tags: illinois, nature, personal, wildlife
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