I remember my cousin's reaction the first time he found out that I botanized for fun. He was pretty amazed that I would go out and slosh through wetlands to get covered in ticks, mosquito bites, and poison sumac. Why would anyone do that and not get paid for it? Why wouldn't they? How can someone work in the environmental field and not be passionate about it?
That gray area is something I deal with all too often. On a trip to Superior, Wisconsin to do vegetation sampling in late August 2012, a few of the people on my crew joined me on our day off for a trip to Buckley Creek and Barrens State Natural Area in Douglas County. This 900-acre property was our "site of choice" that day because of the range of plant communities present, from very dry to very wet. The resulting flora provided a wide range of interesting species for us to feast our eyes and lenses on that fine summer day. Below I will discuss some of those species and communities.
Thanks to those who joined me on this weekend outing to see such a unique Wisconsin natural area.