Yesterday Ruta and I headed to one of the corridor sites on a tip from LaRae. LaRae is employed by the park system in their land management department. She is a wonderful amateur botanist and is always on the lookout for rare plants.
This site - an old farm field - is scheduled to be mowed and seeded. That is her pink tape she uses to mark suspected rare plants.
We were able to confirm and document Bayberry (above), Twisted Yellow-eyed Grass, Great Lakes Goldenrod, and two species of Pinweed - all endangered in the state.
The dense blazing star were blooming all over the north end of the field, where most of the rare plants were located.
She can now direct the crews to avoid mowing and seeding this area.
I continue to be amazed at what comes up when these old farm fields are abandoned.