Through the fence…

A Wild Rose pokes through the fence protecting the Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary inside Lincoln Park, Chicago. The native plantings continue outside the sanctuary for about twenty feet, allowing those walking the pathway to feel apart of this closed in sanctuary. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Standing quite tall is Cow Parsnip, a native that is eaten by many more than Cows. Read more here.
Evidence that a controlled burn has not taken place recently is the seedheads of Cow Parsnip from last year’s flowers. Controlled burns are used to control the quantity of dried plant material which could be fuel for wildfires. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
This morning, once again I learned something new to me. This lovely bloom with it’s falling petals is Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea). For years I’ve missed seeing the Dogwood that blooms so delicately in the springime in southern woodlands. I assumed Chicago was too far north for any Dogwood. Now I plan to return to the Jarvis Sanctuary this fall to see it’s reddening. Read more here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Early fruit of the American Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). Another reason to return this autumn to this piece of native richness. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
There are more than 150 plant species and a multitude of bird and wildlife living inside the Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Read more about this preserve here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg


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