Monday, June 16, 2014

Hall's Lake Wetland Walk (13 June 2014)

Last Friday (13 June 2014) I met up with Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Executive Director Stan Lilley and a small group of fellow wetlands enthusiasts at Hall's Lake in the very western part of Isabella County.  Much of the land around the lake has been either purchased by or donated to the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and protected as a series of connected nature preserves.  These preserves contain a variety of woodland and wetland habitats.  Our goal during this outing was to find and document as many wetland species as possible during a short three-hour walk.

Here are a few photos from this trip.

Tamarack (Larix laricina) - a deciduous needleleaf tree

A small mushroom growing in sphagnum moss

Taking time to make an identification

Indian Cucumber-root (Medeola virginiana) - this was a new plant for me

Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)
Tufted Loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora)
Bladderwort flowers - possibly Common Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris)

Stan Lilley photographs a Wild Calla (Calla palustris)

My photo of a Wild Calla

Sallow Moth caterpillar on Witch-hazel - either a Mustard Sallow or a Citrine Sallow

False Buckwheat (Fallopia scandens)

Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) - leaves (left) and flower (right)

Dewberry (Rubus spp)

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