Category Archives: Burns

50-acres on fire!

Today we burned 50-acres along the northern edge of the Prairie Garden Trust (PGT). Matt spent several days preparing for the burn and had a crew of 7-people to help control it. Controlled burns are a an important part of … Continue reading

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Burned by Burns

Tomorrow we plan to do a controlled-burn on 80-acres here at the PGT. Even though we been doing burns for a couple decades we are beginning to have more doubts. Despite careful preparation it seems that we always end up … Continue reading

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Planting Oaks

Lorna and I wandered over the entire property today inspecting trees that we’ve planted. We were particularly interested in the oaks since they can be majestic trees that live for centuries. The Bur Oaks planted next to our family cemetery … Continue reading

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Do controlled burns help exotics spread?

Bush Honeysuckle with Berries Walking after dinner tonight I noticed some shrubs leafing out along the trail. Inspecting them I was disappointed to find Bush Honeysuckles, an invasive exotic from China. You might wonder what I would have against such … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwoods

Flowering Dogwoods In a few weeks the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust will be filled with dogwood blossoms; but we won’t have as many as in past years. The controlled burns that we are using have killed many of … Continue reading

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Robins flock to burned Prairie

American Robin The birds have responded to the controlled burn at the PGT last week. At sunset last night I photographed a flock of robins grazing the newly blackened earth.

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Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird The bluebirds immediately took advantage of the newly cleared ground yesterday after we burned 40-acres of prairie. It must be easier for them to spot instects. Here a male bluebird is perched on a scorched compass-plant stalk. I’ve … Continue reading

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American Kestrel

  American Kestrel We did a controlled burn today on 40-acres of restored prairie at the PGT. Several raptors immediately appeared to check out the newly exposed rodents. This American Kestrel drove me nuts. It would only let me get … Continue reading

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Prairie Burn

The conditions were just right for a burn today. Our crew had already created excellent fire lines. They double-checked to make sure the humidity and wind just right. Then they set 40-acres of restored prairie grass on fire. A lot … Continue reading

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Golden Light in the Morning

  The light in the open woods near Beaver Lake was magical this morning. Henry was out with his camera and caught it. We’re planning to put a paved trail from the visitor center to the lake and this is … Continue reading

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