The prairie is beautiful this time of year. Most of the grasses are 6 feet tall or more! The goldenrods and asters are just starting to bloom.
Many box turtles have been found this summer, including the 78th box turtle documented at Fernwood. If you find a turtle with a number on its back, please leave a note for the naturalists telling us what its number was and precisely where you found it.
This has been a great year for Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies and many can still be seen in the gardens.
The monarch butterflies have begun their migration so this is a good time of year to find them. Monarch butterfly numbers have steeply declined over the past few years due to loss of both their milkweed habitat in the U.S. and their winter habitat in Mexico, pesticide use, and cold winters. You can help these iconic insects by planting a monarch way-station in your back yard. Click here for more information and resources.
Bat populations seem lower than normal this summer. Though we can not confirm the reason, it is likely due to an new disease that has been devastating bat populations in North America called White Nose Syndrome. Scientists are still studying how to combat this disease. To learn more click here.
Prairie Wildflowers in Bloom
New England Aster
Smooth Blue Aster
The tall grasses have turned yellow, gold, and brown. Come see the prairie at this unique time of year!