Saturday, April 2, 2011

Prairie Larkspur

Today we had our first field trip in my Minnesota Master Naturalist class. Since winter has continued longer then normal the original plan to visit one of the local prairies to observe the habitat had to be modified. So we spent the morning talking about Minnesota mammals, many of which we had the pleasure of observing at the Wildlife Science Center. We also did some raptor handling, with captive raptors that could normally be found in Minnesota, and went out and worked on our prairie wild flower identification on a restored prairie at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. The wild flowers were difficult to ID at this time of year when they are dormant or dead. It is much easier in July when I took this picture of prairie larkspur, also known as Carolina larkspur. Prairie larkspur is a member of the buttercup family that is native to most of Minnesota, except for the north eastern portion of the state.
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8 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

The larkspur is very beautiful. I'm looking forward to July not only for identifying plants but warmth as well.

John said...

Nice picture of the larkspur. I'm looking forward to enjoying pictures of your Upper Midwest plants and animals when the weather permits.

Modern Mom said...

It's beautiful.

My entry.

Jama said...

So pretty and looks delicate.

Miss Kodee said...

Pure beauty. You held a raptor... shivers. I am not sure I am that brave! Beautiful photos scrolling in your side bar as well!

hobosfromubobo said...

Beautiful. You sound to have had a most enjoyable day.

KaHolly said...

Oh, it's beautiful! I've never seen a white larkspur before.

LauraX said...

so lovely and delicate!