Here are two different Virginia Opossums our Blufflands Program Manager, Brian Fankhauser came across and photographed while doing the annual site inspection of the Jester property in Winneshiek County. Virginia Opossums are the most common opossum species throughout the United States.
Our 2015 nature calendars have arrived and are in the mail!
Andropogon gerardii, commonly known as big bluestem, is a flowering stalk that grows 3-7 inches tall. The tips of the flower stalk closely resembles the foot of a bird, which makes this perennial earn its other nickname, turkeyfoot. This photo was taken around the area of Stone State Park by longtime INHF member, Robert Gillespie of Sioux City.
Winter is coming, but we are already excited for summer blooms. Only seven more months! Monarda, commonly known as bee balm or horsemint, was found on Snyder Heritage Farm in Story County.
Photo credit: Patrick Snell, Mark Ackelson Policy Fellow
Photo credit: Melanie Louis // Soper’s Mill in Story County
Lucas, son of INHF Blufflands Program Manager Brian Fankhauser, helps collect prairie seed at Heritage Valley, an INHF project in northeast Iowa.