In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
from Illinois to the Pacific
Aug. 8 - 25, 2007

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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 17, 2007
American Crow, American Redstart, American Robin, Bank Swallow, Gull,
Barn Swallow, Black-billed Magpie, Bobolink, Gray Catbird, Turkey, Finches,
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, 2007
White 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, 2007
Matchbrush
Serves 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.

Sunflower 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.

Blackeyed Susan

Missouri Goldenrod, Canada Goldenrod More than 25 species of Goldenrod native to the high plains.

Birdweed member of Morning-Glory family. Native of Europe, scourge of farmers as it is difficult to eradicate.

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 the bowels.

Blanket-Flower belongs to the aster family.

Dandelion 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.

Pink Milkweed

reported by Bette Moloney


Animals List
Buffalo, Cows, Pronghorn, Deer, Prairie Dog, Moose, Elk, Dogs

 

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