I finally made it to an Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society - North Chapter field trip on 8 September 2012. As the Treasurer and one of the founding members of this new chapter of an established statewide environmental organization, I had hoped to make it to more of the field trips during our inaugural year, but my schedule simply didn't allow. However, I made it a priority to be at this field trip due to the quality of the site. On this late summer day, Bill Minter, the land manager at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, led our group on a hike through Bear Lake Prairie, discussing management activities and challenges at the property. I'd visited Bear Lake Prairie a couple of times in the past, but it's always great to get back to such a unique natural area.
|Bill Minter leads the INPAWS group through Bear Lake Prairie.|
|Gentiana andrewsii, always a crowd pleaser.|
|Liatris scariosa var. nieuwlandii lights up the prairie.|
|Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda is characteristic of saturated calcareous open areas.|
|An interesting diverse tapestry makes up the flora of Bear Lake Prairie.|