Trip Report: Jennings Prairie: July 29, 2013

It started as a cool, sunny day in the mid-60’s, probably the first time we hiked the prairie and didn’t have to worry about sunstroke!  We found 73 species of wildflower species in bloom, and 19 species of butterflies.  Two new species for our master list were pinesap and featherfleece.  We found the Small Flowered Purple Fringed orchis, but in lesser numbers than the previous year. Click here for a list of our sightings.

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Outing – Jennings Prairie July 29

Dense Blazing Star (photo by Dianne Machesney)

Join us on an outing to Jennings Prairie in Butler County, PA on Monday, July 29.

This is the perfect time to see Blazing Star, Whorled Rosinweed and sunflowers. American Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats and Cedar Waxwings make the prairie their summer home. Expect to see an amazing array of glorious butterflies. We may come across a Red Eft or catch a glimpse of the elusive Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Meet leaders Dianne and Bob Machesney at 10:00am at the Jennings Environmental Education Center (across from Prairie parking lot) on the right (east) side of the road.
Google Maps: 2951 Prospect Rd. Slippery Rock, PA 16057, (724) 794-6011

Directions from Pittsburgh: Take I-79 North to Exit 99/Butler. Drive east on US 422 roughly 5.8 miles to the Prospect Exit, and turn left (north) onto PA 528. Continue on PA 528 for about 7 miles.

The Prairie is hot and shadeless. Wear a hat, sunscreen and appropriate hiking shoes. Bring binoculars and field guides. Bring a lunch and beverage, water and a snack for the trail.

Outings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Judy Stark, Outings Coordinator (412)363-0462