Just like Lewis and Clark, we are constantly looking for birds, flowers,
trees, and other interesting objects. here is the list as of August 17.
Everyone contributes but certain people have volunteered to collect
sightings and report on them periodically.
Bird List as of August
American Crow, American Redstart, American Robin, Bank Swallow,
Barn Swallow, Black-billed Magpie, Bobolink, Gray Catbird, Turkey,
Great Blue Heron, Kildeer, Pigeon (Rock Dove), Purple Martin, Red-tailed
Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Grouse, Song Sparrow, Starling, Tree
Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Canada Geese
reported by Jerry Bishop
Tree List as of August
17, 2007White Oak, Black Walnut,
Cottonwood, Black Hills Spruce, Ash, American Elm, Ponderosa Pine,
willows, White Maple, Red Maple, Sycamore, Hickory, Juniper, Spruce,
Chokecherry, Dogwood, Alder
reportedby Samaria Graham
Flower List as of August
17, 2007Serves as a
browse for mammals. Indians used for brooms, thatching.
Prairie Coneflower – Coneflower – yellow
petals. "Coneflower "
refers to the column or cone of tiny, tubular flowers in the center of
the flower heqad. At maturity these become single seeded fruits called
achenes, which are similar to sunflower seeds. Indians gathered the
heads during flowering time and made a tea-like beverage from them.
Purple Coneflower –
Has rough, blackened rootstocks that
prairie Indians used for medicine. Favorite of butterflies.
Seeds a favorite food of the Plains Indians
who roasted and ground them for bread and gruel, or extracted the oils
for use in cooking. 11 times more fat, 3 times more protein, 2 times
more dietary fiber than corn.
Compass Plant –
Prairie Indians chewed the
thick, juicy stem, which, at first tastes bitter but becomes tolerable
after some chewing.
Missouri Goldenrod, Canada Goldenrod –
More than 25 species of
Goldenrod native to the high plains.
member of Morning-Glory
family. Native of Europe, scourge of farmers as it is difficult to
Purple Prairie Clover –
Prairie Indians prepared a tea by
steeping dried leaves of this plant and the White Prairie Clover. They
also chewed the inner portions. This herb produces a binding effect on
belongs to the aster family.
European native. A unique living organism
to biologists because it can set seed without pollination or
fertilization. It is a highl evolved member of the plant world.
by Bette Moloney
Animals ListBuffalo, Cows, Pronghorn,
Deer, Prairie Dog, Moose, Elk, Dogs