by Beth Stone, posted by Deb Shaw

Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivanti). Photo by Beth Stone, © 2014.

Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivanti). Photo by Beth Stone, © 2014.

Here are just two pictures from a beautiful fall day spent at the Plains Conservation Center. Our most informative and enthusiastic tour guides were Martha Narey and Susan Smith. Martha provided each of us with a booklet including background about the conservation center, plant lists…and several pages of various drawing papers! In addition to the last few wildflowers of the season, we saw a lot of wildlife. There were prairie dogs, rabbits, coyote, pronghorn (similar in appearance to antelope), prairie dogs, an immature bald eagle, a golden eagle, hawks, great horned owls and prairie dogs.

The Plains Conservation Center exists to bring the natural wonder of the prairie into the realm of personal experience by: preserving a remnant of the eastern Colorado High Plains, educating the public about its natural and cultural heritage and nurturing sound conservation and environmental ethics.

Russian Thistle (Salsola australis). Photo by Beth Stone, © 2014.

Russian Thistle (Salsola australis). Photo by Beth Stone, © 2014.

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