Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Botanizing at Biggest Week

Today was the Kelleys Island field trip, where I got to hang out with some of the country's most awesome birders birders to point out things like Jack-in-the-Pulpits, Lakeside Daisies and Garlic Mustard. We had an awesome time and saw a decent number of warblers. The weather was beautiful; we all shed our coats and fleeces during the afternoon walk.

We had a spattering of Federally Endangered Lakeside Daisies, Tetraneuris herbacea and I promised folks to show them the preserve in Marblehead, Ohio- not far from where the Kelleys Island ferry docks.

Massive field of Lakeside Daisies at Alexander Pike in Marblehead, Ohio. Photo by Greg Miller.

This flower is having a banner year, and is well worth the trip. Its habitat is the rock alvars and hard pan floor the the quarried areas of Marblehead. Truly, one of Ohio's most gruelling and rarest habitats.

Tonight Greg Miller and Ethan Kistler have me all tuned up about the Nexrad maps! Those are birds, folks, crossing Lake Erie... and we are headed to Point Pelee tomorrow. Can't wait to see how this develops!

Birds and botany- tomorrow is going to be another great day!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome shot of the Lakeside Daisy! I've made it a big point this year to come up and see them in bloom but I just don't know how I'll be able to squeeze them in. Just never enough hours in the day, days in the week :/