Ohio Prairie Nursery
August 1, 2009

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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society at Ohio Prairie Nursery

Bob Kehres was our host at the Ohio Prairie Nursery in Hiram, Ohio on Saturday August 1, 2009. Kehres became interested in native plants through birding. He and his staff have installed prairie landscapes at many locations in northeast Ohio, including Wendy Park, Kent State University, Blossom Music Center, and at locations in the Cleveland Metroparks. Our tour included a blooming prairie, a field of big bluestem grown for seed, a rain garden and a step-pool. Butterflies and several species of native bee moved among the flowers. A highlight of the bird walk was a singing Indigo Bunting.


Bird Species observed

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

30 wild bird species

Flora observed

Bee Balm
Big Blue Stem
Black-eyed Susan
Canada Wild Rye
Cut-leaf Sunflower
Early Goldenrod
Grass-leaf Goldenrod (with black spot)
Green Dogwood
Green-headed Cone Flower
Indian Grass
Little Blue Stem
New England Aster
Partridge Pea
Prairie Bush Clover
Purple Coneflower
Queen Anne's Lace
Rattlesnake Master
Saw-toothed Goldenrod
Side Oats

Butterflies observed:

Spicebush swallowtail
Wood Nymph

And 2 Coyote

Walking through the wild flowers Penny O'Connor

Partridge Pea & Black-eye Susan Penny O'Connor

WCAS members at Ohio Prairie Nursery Mary Anne Romito

Green-headed Coneflower Mary Anne Romito

Bee Balm and Purple Coneflower Penny O'Connor

Rattlesnake Master Mary Anne Romito

Coreopsis Mary Anne Romito

Purple Coneflower Mary Anne Romito

Partridge Pea Mary Anne Romito

Debtford Pink Mary Anne Romito

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, 4310 Bush Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109 info@wcasohio.org