Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spring Bird-walk

Looking for birds along the newly opened edge of the South 40-Woods We saw 65 different kinds of birds today on our annual spring bird-walk. For the last three decades we’ve held this walk on the last Saturday in April. … Continue reading

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Landscapes Over Time

Each year in the last week of April I take the exact same picture at 24 different locations on the PGT. I’ve been doing that for the last 6-years. Seeing the exact same picture at yearly intervals lets you see … Continue reading

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Renowned grass biologist Clair Kucera visits

Clair Kucera Clair Cucera helped inspire my father to create the PGT. A couple decades ago Herb took a class that Clair taught about grasses. That class and Clair’s book “The Grasses of Missouri” fueled Herb’s enthusiasm for our native … Continue reading

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For Office Use Only to redesign PGT Website

The PGT is getting a new website. This afternoon Lorna and I met with Anh Tuan Pham. He is the Art Director at For Office Use Only The current website (www.prairiegardentrust.org) is over a decade old and needs to be … Continue reading

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First Hummingbird of the Season

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, (Archilochus colubris) After dinner tonight the sun came out and I went out to see if I could get some bird pictures. A hummingbird landed on a tree near me. I thought it was a female, but as … Continue reading

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Tufted Titmice have blue feet

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) Tufted Titmice are one of the most common birds at the PGT year-round. Until I took this picture today I never realized that they have blue feet. I checked several field guides and they don’t mention … Continue reading

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Wild Strawberries in the Prairie

Wild Strawberry, (Fragaria virginiana) I was surprised today to see a patch of Wild Strawberries in the South Prairie today. Herb planted that prairie in the late 1980s. It is surprising that such a small plant can compete with the … Continue reading

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Exploding Tree

Red Oak hit by lightening. An oak tree on the road to the PGT Center exploded last night after being hit by lightening. The intense energy of the lightening strike boils the water inside the tree and the steam makes … Continue reading

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Fragile Soil

Cryptogamic soil crust at The Point The rocky bluffs that offer great views at the PGT are carpeted with a very fragile soils. It feels like an extremely thick carpet if you walk on it. It is a very thin … Continue reading

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger, (Asarum canadense) The trail at the base of The Point faces North; it never gets direct sunlight. The plants that grow there are very different than on the South side. One plant that I photographed there today is … Continue reading

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