Volo Bog in March

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The parking islands are always filled with a nice assortment of natives.

We had an unseasonably warm day yesterday, 64F!! I demanded some outdoor time and went to Volo Bog. This is such a unique thing to have in this area. Since I’ve already written about the unique details of the bog, if you’re curious, click here!

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Red dogwood (cornus racemosa) is easily spotted in the bog.

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A dormant cedar rust gall on a red cedar. These are part of a disease cycle that includes crabapples and hawthorns.

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They did a bunch of burning here that rejuvenates our landscape. Invasive species usually don’t survive the burning process.

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Out with the old, in with the new! These are bluebird nest boxes.

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Mommy and baby racoon tracks.

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Huge paper wasp nest.

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Vole/mouse damage. These little guys travel under the snow (or on top of it!) and chew on the crowns of shrubs. This girdling is a death sentence to the woody plant.

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The Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are starting to arrive back from the south. I’ll write a bird post when I get better photos.

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These are rather large birds and they were flocking in the sky. Don’t look up with your mouth open!!

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Northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) These guys trap insects in the pitcher with a lid type structure.

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Moss, not sure of variety

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Mr. Crane again.

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I think this is for barn swallows. Pretty Kewl!!!

 

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

23 thoughts on “Volo Bog in March

  1. Nice walk ! lovely sights 😀 The raccoon footmarks look so funny,somehow I reminded of Disney cartoons’ Pluto ! I thought you get snow in your area,didn’t you ?

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    • Yes, there was snow, however the temperature was about 17C/62F for the past 2 days. Very warm for this time of year and it melted it all. Only thing left are the piles from plowing. Disney movies and animals. .. They sure do go together! ! :D:mrgreen:😁

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  2. Lovely virtual walk around your bogland 🙂 Interesting info on all the pants as usual, Thanks Plant Girl 🙂
    And I also like the racoon paw prints – you can picture them deliberately making little tracks there for you to see 🙂

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  3. I envy your bog area. It appears to be a great nature preserve. And, I like the idea of providing birdhouses. Those projects are certainly needed. Those two species that you mentioned are in desperate need of housing since they are cavity nesters.

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