Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Go Blue! May 17, 2007
Oak Openings and Kitty Todd has some of the most spectacular flora and fauna in the state of Ohio. I am looking forward to a chance to return, too bad it won't be this weekend. Each year they have an event celebrating the Karner Blue butterfly and the Blue Lupines that grow wild there. If you get a chance to go to the Blue Weekend by all means do. You should see some very unique sights.

The year I was fortunate enough to go I saw this wonderful little Arrow-leaved Violet, Viola sagittata. Well named, the sand violet indeed grows in the sand dunes of the Oak Openings. This plant
, as well as the lupines seem to benefit from the controlled burns.

Well worth the visit at any time, Red-headed Woodpeckers and Lark Sparrows are two of the popular birds folks like to see. But, easily my favorite inhabitant is the Spotted Turtle. Any sighting of these unusual Ohio natives makes for a memorable day. Go Blue!

2007-05-18 01:44:08 GMT
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