Monday, July 20, 2015

July 19, 2015: Erv's Fieldnotes #81

Grey Coneflower and grasses with the northern hills in the background. 7/18/15 (Kevin Kane)

Sunday, July 19, 2015. Sunny, no wind, temperature, 83 degrees F.

Today, I used the city's ATV to traverse the park's trails and take photo's of the heritage rocks for a presentation I am preparing. The vegetation this year is robust. Native prairie plants are nearly in full bloom providing lots of color.

One of the wetlands in the middle complex is 90 percent covered with sago pondweed. This is the way the wetlands should look. These plants will take up nitrogen from the water and help to keep it out of the lake. This plant also produces a winter tuber in the bottom sediment that is a favorite food of diving ducks.

Erv Klaas

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