Category Archives: Weather

Birding in the Rain

The weather did NOT cooperate for the PGT Birdwalk today. We had rain, wind and lightening. Despite the horrible conditions 6 people (serious people! crazy people?) showed up at 7 AM and happily trudged through the property. Over the next … Continue reading

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No Fruits and Nuts

Wild fruits and nuts are hard to find at the PGT this Fall. Could hail cause a widespread crop failure? Some of the missing wildlife foods are: Wild Persimmon (shown in the picture) Acorns (several species) Hickory Nuts Walnuts Osage … Continue reading

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Magic Light

Last Saturday there was a light fog here at dawn at the Prairie Garden Trust. Fog can do magical things with light! Even though Jack Dodson was out shooting landscape videos with his drone I couldn’t keep from taking some … 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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Butterflies are back!

Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele I’m happy to report that the butterflies are back. The drought two years ago really knocked them back but I’m seeing lots of them now. This is a Great Spangled Fritillary that I photographed yesterday on … Continue reading

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Cold Enough for Real Ice

Matt Barnes This seems like the coldest winter for a couple of decades. It’s so cold that we are getting real ice on the creeks, ponds and lakes. Often they might not freeze over; this year the ice is a … Continue reading

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Northern Parula

Northern Parula The polar vortex sweeping down on us bringing the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in a couple decades. It is minus 9-degrees F right now. Too cold to go outside! Instead I’ll work up some images from the past. … Continue reading

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Last Butterfly?

A Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice) leaps off a New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) When I took this picture on Friday I wondered if this would be the last butterfly I would see this year. As it is I’ve not seen many … Continue reading

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Where have all the butterflies gone?

Silvery Checkerspot, Chlosyne nycteis We are having a fabulous spring with flowers everywhere. Despite that I’ve sensed a significant reduction in the number of butterflies. I’ve only seen three Great Spangled Fritillaries all spring and just an occasional swallowtail butterfly. … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron Rookery Tree Dies

Great Blue Heron Nests The main tree that holds up the heron rookery is dead. This Sycamore was 12-feet in diameter; the largest single tree at the PGT. Perhaps another victim of the drought? Lorna thinks that heron droppings poisoned … Continue reading

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