Date(s) - 08/19/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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John Bagley, Regional Stewardship Organizer for Michigan Nature Association (Western Lower Peninsula)
Bio: John’s early influences in developing his love of nature involve growing up in the country, where he spent his childhood exploring the woods, farm fields, ponds and creeks around his home in Eaton County. He went on to study anthropology at Western Michigan University, focusing on primatology and the ape-human evolutionary relationship. Studying this order of animals brought into clear focus the threats to wildlife and the natural world on a global scale.
John Bagley will lead us on a hike (along with the Kalamazoo Chapter of Wild Ones) to the Newaygo Prairie and Karner Blue Sanctuaries.
Newaygo Prairie is located northeast of Newaygo on the corner of Poplar Ave and 56th street. It is a great place to visit year round due to the variety of plants that inhabit it. Prickly pear, which blooms in July, is always a sight to see. Over 100 species of prairie plants can be found in the sanctuary, including: foxglove, yellow flax, prairie ragwort, American wild plum and needle grass. Whip-poor-wills in the nearby woods can often be heard singing throughout the prairie in early evening.
This dry sand prairie is a remnant of a complex that once spanned over 19,000 acres in Michigan. Only 4% of Michigan’s original sand prairie is left. Native tall grasses and other fire-adapted species thrive here.
Karner Blue Sanctuary is located Brooks Township northeast of Newaygo, this dry sand prairie is a remnant of a complex that once spanned over 19,000 acres in Michigan. Look for the lupine plants and prickly pear cactus that thrive in these dry conditions.
Note: This is a Saturday event