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Ivan Boyd Prairie

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Aug/10/blasing_star_2.JPGToday was a perfect day for seeing what was in bloom down at the Ivan Boyd Prairie, and a tiny piece of the Black Jack battlefield. I found about 20 or so different species, including:prairie blazing starrattlesnake mastermissouri goldenrodcommon sunflowerwild lettucedaisy fleabanewhite snakerootblueheartsfield milkwortwild geraniumflowering spurgepink milkworthorseweedpitcher sagepartridge peahairy asterIllinois bundleflowergrooved yellow flaxwhite sweet cloverwhite prairie clovervirginia knotweedand, easily the best-named plant of the day, heal-all.I didn't see many birds (just a goldfinch), but I heard a few in the surrounding woods -- peewee, nuthatch, dickcissel, cuckoo, titmouse, and indigo bunting.All in all, a pretty good morning.

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