Category Archives: Prairie

Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Prairie

Goldenrod is at peak bloom now at the Prairie Garden Trust. People mistakenly believe that goldenrod causes fall allergies. Ragweed is a more likely source for the problem. Ragweed has green flowers that are easy to overlook. Goldenrod has very … Continue reading

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Monarchs are Good – Other Butterflies Missing

We saw about 20 Monarch Butterflies on a walk this afternoon. Their number seem about normal for their yearly migration. Other butterflies were almost totally missing. This has been a perfect year for the plants that butterflies feed on. I’ve … Continue reading

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Purple Coneflower

When I think “Prairie” I see Purple Coneflowers. They can be found in small clumps in many locations here at the PGT. Often I find them at the edges of the prairie where there are a few trees.

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Early Summer Prairie

After a brief storm this evening the skies cleared and light flooded the prairie. This is the “5-Acre Prairie” just east of the Prairie Garden Trust Visitor Center. If you look closely you will see Lead Plant, Mountain Mint, Grey-headed … Continue reading

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Gray-headed Coneflower

We just got back from a short trip and were eager to see what’s coming in to bloom here at the PGT. The Gray-headed Coneflowers can be seen blooming just south of the PGT Visitor Center in the Dogleg Prairie. … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Spring

Tonight after sunset we walked out onto the prairie and found ourselves surrounded by at least a dozen male Woodcocks performing their mating ritual. After calling from the ground for for several minutes they launch themselves into the air to … Continue reading

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Swallowtail on Sunflower

Rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium As summer progresses I find it increasingly difficult to identify the confusing mix of sunflowers. Books such as “Ozark Wildflowers” by Don Kurz really help. The flower here is called Rosinweed. The butterfly is another Easter Tiger Swallowtail. … Continue reading

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Dickcissel

Dickcissel You are certain to hear Dickcissels singing if you take a walk through the restored prairies in the summer. They are one of the most common birds in the grassland areas of the Prairie Garden Trust. This bird was … Continue reading

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Song Sparrow?

The forecast for sunshine was wrong. Despite that I took a long walk this afternoon in the Dogleg Prairie; one of our largest restored prairies. This sparrow flushed in front of me and clung to some Indian Grass for a … Continue reading

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