Monday, July 22, 2013

A Prairie Restoration - 2010

I have shared many photos of native prairie plants used on a small scale in gardens and in the native grassland at Forest Hill Nature Area.  Here are some photographs from a restoration on a larger scale at the Grand River Community Park located on W. Grand River (M-43) between Meridian Township and Williamston, MI.  This habitat is not exclusively native species but includes many naturalized species as well.  The park is a multiple use facility with soccer and baseball/softball fields and a sledding hill as well as several trail loops.  The trails loop through old field, grassland, scrub, and savannah habitats.

These photos are from a visit to the park in 2010. 

I think it might be time to go back again to see how the landscape has changed since then.

Bumble Bee on Purple Coneflower

Viceroy on Purple Coneflower

Crescent butterfly on Black-eyed Susan

Assassin Bug on Black-eyed Susan

Swallowtail butterfly on Chicory

Silver-spotted Skipper on Bee Balm

Hummingbird Moth on Bee Balm

Black-eyed Sussan, Goldenrod, and Queen Anne's Lace

Black-eyed Susan and Red-osier Dogwood

Grass sp. in bloom

Coreopsis sp.


Grey-headed Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

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