Category Archives: Land management

Flowering Quince – Not all exotics are bad!

Flowering Quince – Not native to the PGT We showcase native plants at the Prairie Garden Trust. The idea is to find the beauty in what nature has to offer. When we find exotics (plants that don’t occur here naturally) … 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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What do you do with an Armadillo?

Nine-Banded Armadillo I saw an Armadillo at the Prairie Garden Trust today for the first time. That is first record of one on the property since we moved here in 1970. What should I do with it? Is it to … 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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Worst Dogwood Display Ever

It looks like 2013 will be the worst display Flowering Dogwood since we moved here 43-years ago. Fire and drought are the key reasons for this loss. We routinely burn the entire property as part of our land management. A … Continue reading

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Landscapes Over Time

Along the trails at the PGT there are occasional  metal markers in the ground like you see here. These permanent markers designate spots where I set up my camera each spring to shoot the exact same picture again-and-again, year-after-year. I’ve … Continue reading

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