Long Lake Regional Park – a prairie flower identification walk

Tue, Jul 12 , 2016
7:00 am - 9:00 am

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

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Early summer prairie flowers are a delight to behold!

This is a good time to enjoy and examine mid-summer native blooming prairie plants so useful for low maintenance gardens of top ecological value.

Long Lake Regional Park has a restored prairie where many native species are close at hand. Early July usually is about midway in the prairie bloom period.

Native prairie plants are eye-candy when in bloom. Also they are easily maintained and are prescribed for raingardens used to help local lakes and rivers by pre-cleaning runoff waters. In that process they also improve natural support systems for birds and butterflies and other pollinators.

As awareness of the value of native plants increases, so also the popularity of this walk seems to be on the increase. Perhaps this event would encourage you, or a friend or neighbor, to upgrade some turf to native landcover.

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: Chase will have some 10 power loupes to loan. Consider bringing your camera with macro abilities.

Registration: No registration required.

Difficulty: Easy. This flower walk is slow and short on turf and blacktop paths.

Contact: Email or call only if you need additional information- Chase Davies –  RockyBirder@gmail.com or 651 633 1663.