Monday, August 10, 2009

wetlands and prairies, plus Blazing Stars!

If you've never been to Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area in Burnett County, you're missing some wonderful wetlands and prairies. These Blazing Stars (Liatris, sp.) are in bloom there right now. Among wildlife species seen this weekend were Common Loon families, Greater Yellowlegs, many Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swans. A very rare Western Tanager was highly unusual, and far out of its geographic range. Along with several other rare species seen in the Midwest recently, this bird is from the west and may be on the move due to drought conditions. To learn more about Crex Meadows, go to this site.

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