North Chapter August Field Trip Results

Approximately 18 people attended the North Chapter’s third field trip on August 18th at Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Cressmoor Prairie property in Hobart, IN.  Cressmoor is a rare black soil prairie, which contains a number of state listed plants and insects.  Our tour guide was Paul Quinlan, stewardship director for Shirley Heinze Land Trust.  

Prior to the Hike, Paul Quinlan (Dark Green Shirt with Hat) Talks About the History of the Cressmoor Prairie

Entering the Prairie, Paul Explains about the Great Diversity of Plants and Insects that are Found at the Site.

The group learns while Paul dissects the flower parts of Liatris spicata

Gaura biennis (Biennial Gaura) in flower

Barbara Bolesch takes notes as Paul points out Tomanthera auriculata (Ear-Leaved False Foxglove)

A hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Cirsium discolor (Field Thistle). Unfortunately, the moth turned out to be deceased, which explains why it was such a good sport about posing for the camera.

The group enjoys the shade provided by the burr oak grove while Paul points out several shade tolerant plant species.

The dazzling Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) lights up the August Prairie

As we were leaving, I spied this Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) along the parking lot.

That’s all for now.   We  hope to see you at September’s field Trip at the Merry Lea environmental center!


    John J. Smith wrote on August 21, 2012

    This album captures very well some of the unique treasures of Cressmoor Prairie that we experienced last Saturday, August 18, 2012.

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