Monthly Archives: August 2011

Partridge Pea

Partridge Pea, (Chamaecrista fasciculata) Partridge Pea was all along the trail through The Savannah tonight. This short yellow annual thrives in areas that have been burned recently. That area was burned last winter.

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Gilbertson Bluebird House

Gilbertson Bluebird House As you stroll the trails at the PGT you will see these bluebird houses; we have over 60 of them. Bluebirds, Chickadees and Titmice use them. Despite the fact that they work well I am considering taking … Continue reading

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PGT Board Meeting

Dale Doerhoff, Lorna Domke and Will Marshal in the PGT Visitor Center Last Saturday we held our quarterly PGT Meeting. Among the things we discussed were: New Website – almost ready (that is what Lorna is showing Dale and Will … Continue reading

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Sedge Wren

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) This Sedge Wren was perched on some Indian Grass just south of the PGT Center. That area tends to stay wet so there are a lot of sedges which is the right habitat for Sedge Wrens.

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Io Moth Caterpillar

Io Moth, (Automeris io) Yesterday I found this striking caterpillar along the path by the Heron Vista. This is the caterpillar of the Io Moth.

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Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower, (Helianthus annuus) One of the many yellow summer flowers is this one, called Common Sunflower. Most of the sunflowers here are perennials but this one is an annual. I planted the seeds for it last year to fill … Continue reading

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Wooly Lip Fern

Wooly Lip Fern, (Cheilanthes lanosa) I found this patch of ferns in a most unlikely spot yesterday. It was growing under a cedar tree on the sunny south facing slope of the Savanna Bluff Overlook. I think of ferns growing … Continue reading

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Pond Sedge

Pond Sedge at West Lake Sedges have a simplicity of line that I find very attractive. We have many different kinds of sedges here but I have not learned to identify them yet. I’m hoping a new book will help: … Continue reading

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Rookery Vista

Rookery Vista on Hillers Creek We like the viewing platform at the Lotus Ponds so much that we decided to build another one. This one will be on a rocky outcrop along Hillers Creek. Looking up from it you can … Continue reading

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Shocking Prairie Color

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) There are colors in a prairie that you might notice with a quick glance. Here is a shot I just took of one of our most common grasses, big bluestem. The color is strait from the … Continue reading

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