|Daughmer Prairie on an early August morning
I have gone there many times and each experience is different and meaningful in its own way. Last Saturday Crawford Park District was hosting one of Ohio's most knowledgeable naturalists, Jim McCormac.
This virgin, never-plowed prairie is worth investigating over and over. If you would like to take a guided tour of Daughmer, go to the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association and sign up for our Annual Banquet.
|Jim McCormac, the ultimate nature guide.
Jim McCormac, author and employee of Ohio Division of Wildlife, leads people into nature like none other. He has been a wonderful mentor to me and thousands of Other Ohioans. He is a walking field guide to Ohio. You would be hard pressed to find a better source on botany, birds, natural history. He also has a great understanding of both mammals and insects, including moths, dragonflies and any other creepy-crawlies. I simply wanted to hear his take on Daughmer.
There was quite a crowd too! I didn't count, but we had somewhere between 45-50 people. Those of us who were in the back of the tour were a good 1/8 mile away! It was still an extraordinary trip.
|Winged Loosestrife, Lythrum alatum
|Sullivant's Milkweed, Asclepias sullivantii
Next we ogled the famous milkweed that was named for Ohio surveyor and part-time botanist William Starling Sullivant.
|Ann Budgeda from Lake County Parks with Swamp Milkweed.
|Primrose moth, Schinia florida
|Josh Dyer (Crawford Parks), Jim McCormac (ODOW), and Bill Fisher (Crawford Parks) at Daughmer Prairie
Please sign up for the fall Daughmer tour with Guy Denny sponsored by ONAPA. You will be amazed, too.