Wildflower Stroll - May 3, 2014

by John Lowry

The amazing biodiversity of Point Petre on the South Shore was vividly on display this past week as the spring wildflowers burst forth beautifully.

Participants of the second annual SSJI spring wildflower walk were treated to a stunning variety of wildflowers as they strolled the deciduous forest located at Point Petre, Friday, May 3rd. A total of seventeen species were recorded either in full bloom or emerging. Of special note was the Carolinian species, Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), with many examples in bloom being sighted. The event was blessed with warm comfortable temperatures and sunshine, creating ideal conditions for the walk.

The explorers were also treated to numerous sightings of butterflies, including the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis).

In addition to the stunning visual display was an incredible concert of bird calls echoing through the forest. And a couple of lucky participants were treated to a sighting of the rare Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus).

Also making an appearance with the warmer temperatures, were three Eastern garter snakes and a Northern Leopard frog.

Click here to browse through Wildflower Brochure with more South Shore native spring blooms.

Picture Gallery (Photos: John Lowry)

American Lady
Red Admiral
Yellow Trout Lily
Purple Cress
Cut-leaved Toothwort

Cut-leaved Toothwort