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Tour 3 Outstanding Leavenworth County Prairies • Leavenworth County

Sunday, Jun 22nd, 2014 @ 9am
Contact Shirley • Leavenworth County, KS • Map

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and explore three of the most diverse and scenic tallgrass prairies in the county with co-leaders Ken Lassman, author of Wild Douglas County, and Shirley Braunlich, KNPS Board Member.

Each prairie contains a rich diversity of plants and are managed as hay meadows.

Please respect this private property. We only have permission to visit these areas on this date.

Dress for tall, think prairie grasses & sunshine -- long pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, bug repellant.
Bring lots of water to drink & lunch for your group.

To carpool from Lawrence, meet at 8am in the parking lot for the Tanger Outlet Mall in North Lawrence. Address: 1035 N 3rd St, Lawrence, KS 66044. If driving on your own, contact Shirley for directions.

Here are highlights of our visit June, 2013: 30 people attended, including the owner, his brother, his daughter, and Audubon of Kansas superstar Ron Klataske!
Several people were in their 80s and a couple were in their teens.
The owner drove almost 5 hours from south central KS. 1 person made the 3.5 hours drive from Pretty Prairie, KS. And 3 others came from almost 2 hours away.
We were not able to visit the High Prairie because the owner described it as a swamp! And it was not safe to park on the side of the road because of traffic.
Along with many uncommon and showy plants we also observed a dicsissel, large native bees, and many different butterflies.
Many people were facinated by the four-lobed seed pods of MO eve primrose and some were impressed by the glacial erratic rocks.
A curious remote controlled areal camera was flown over the prairie by one prairie hiker. And another proudly wore his hat which he had carefully covered in porcupine grass seeds, a.k.a. dart grass.
We found Arenaria serpyllifolia, Camelina microcarpa, and Draba cunifolia at the Fredrick's prairie; I'll add these to the plant list.
We didn't have a plant list for the prairie nicknamed the Homeplace. It had a lot of American potato-bean vines, Camassia scilloides (fruiting), Heuchera richardsonii, Psoralidium tenuifolium, and some Equisetum hymale, Carex bicknellii, and a few Michigan lilies.
Someone commented they were pleasantly surprised to not see Lespedeza cuneata (sericea lespedeza). And the owner told me he was skeptical when the Dept of Agriculture had recommended planting L. cuneata and thank goodness he did not plant it!

Contact: Shirley Braunlich shirleynature@yahoo.com 785-218-5480

Sponsor: KNPS

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