Long Lake Prairie in Bloom (summer Tuesday #1)

Date/Time
Tue, Jun 20 , 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Long Lake Regional Park (2nd parking/RIGHT)
1500 Old Highway 8,
New Brighton, MN 55112

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This is the first of three of SPAS’ summer Tuesday evening prairie walks to observe, comment on, and enjoy native flower diversity. Each walk will have a secondary focus for discussion – the topic for this walk will be the where and why of prairies past and present. I hope you will come to enjoy some delightful, blooming, summer prairie plants at this easily accessible location!

Why Prairies?

Briefly: Birds need insects. Insects need food. Plants provide foods. People, as well as needing food, thrive on the calm and beauty of natural places.

Why This Prairie?

Many years ago a prairie was installed in Long Lake Regional Park. It matured well, the diversity is notable, and exactly what will be in bloom on this date changes from year to year yet is generally predictable. The combination of expectation coupled with surprise that has drawn me to this prairie for over ten years.

Mid-June used to be early in the prairie bloom period, but 2016 found it much farther along at this date. We will see what 2017 offers.

Directions

The Long Lake Regional Park entrance is on Old Highway 8 in New Brighton. Enter the park and drive to the second parking lot which is on the RIGHT side of the road.

Easiest is to come on I-35W to MN Hwy 96, one exit north of I-694, go west on MN 96 to the T at Old Highway 8. Turn south on Old Highway 8, go about ½ mile to the Park Entrance on the right (west) side of the road.

Special Instructions

Bring a 10 power magnifier or Chase will have some 10 power loupes to loan. Consider bringing a camera.

Registration

No registration required.

Difficulty

Easy.

The walk is short on level but sometimes slightly uneven ground.

Leader

Chase Davies, 651 633 1663 – ccdavies@aol.com