I took a walk at Chipp-A-Waters Park in Mt. Pleasant yesterday morning to check on the status of the wildflowers there. Much of the floodplain forest is still flooded from the rains of the past few weeks, but the river is back within its banks now. Here are some of the species that I found.
A Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii or Emys blandingii) was sitting in the grass along the side of the trail. Easily identified by its bright yellow chin and throat, the Blanding's Turtle is listed as a Species of Special Concern in Michigan.
|Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)|
|Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)|
|Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)|
|Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) - note the blue stems|
|One of a pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) in the oxbow pond near the end of the trail|
|A Canada Goose pair|
|Boxelder (Acer negundo) flowers|