Prairies are coming alive, as evidenced by the yellow star-eyed grass to the left, white strawberries, lower right, and wood betony, upper right.
The leaves of the walnut, on the left, emerge much later than the cottonwood. If you look carefully you will see a little splash of red from the cardinal perched among the walnut branches. Many migratory songbirds are returning right now, as are the tree leaves.
Green elm seeds, blooming redbuds, wind and rain were all in play across much of our area last week, as we head into the last week of April.
Groundplum milkvetch is a native legume currently found blooming in area prairies. The beautiful pea-like blossoms grow into tasty edible fruit later in the spring, so now is a good time to locate them.
The government’s traditional approach to hunger has funded merely the consumption — not the production — of food. Pantaleon Florez III, a local farmer and food justice activist, is planting the seeds for a new approach.
Look closely and you’ll see a flock of turkeys picking over the newly burned prairie. It is always interesting to poke around a burned prairie.
This native “understory tree” is a legume: it has pea-like flowers that produce seeds in a pod. The beautiful red, pink or occasionally white blossoms are edible: try them, and if you like them, sprinkle them on your next salad.
Here are some raccoon tracks in the wet creekside soils, one of their favorite haunts. Wet weather this week should enhance your ability to see animal tracks, and even if it doesn’t rain where you are.
Leaves are emerging from woodland gooseberries in northeast Kansas, with a few false rue anemone emerging. The dry weather has meant a slower spring woodland wildflower season, but this week’s rains may change that, so go take a look!
Douglas County residents will have the opportunity to recycle virtually any electronics next month during a spring e-cleaning dropoff event.
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