Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
One week ago, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, the City of Ames and the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park honored Erv Klaas with the dedication of the10th heritage stone at the park for his "contributions to conservation in Iowa," and his "efforts in getting the park established and his continued effort in renovating the park to its native habitat." Below are several links that help document Erv's leadership and legacy in establishing the jewel of the Ames park system.
The first Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) of the season that I have observed was found today along the lakes trail (east side of the north lake). These small butterflies visit a wide variety of flowers. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/18,20)
Saturday, August 29, 2020
A Plains Garter Snake curled along a willow branch about 2 to 3 off the ground. The snake was observed along the lakes trail, just north of Pond N's outflow channel (SW corner of south lake). Note that the lateral (cream to yellow) is on scale rows 3 and 4 above the belly. The lateral line is on rows 2 and 3 on the Common (Eastern) Garter Snake. The snake stayed in this position for several morning hours. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/15/20)