Sign 2

GPS 92.9083 W 45.0026 N

This is the northwest corner of the prairie, if you turn right you will go North and enter the strip of pine woods which were planted in 1975 as an Eagle Scout project of Paul Hansen Jr, and go a short distance to reach Intersection #16, which is on the Inner Loop.

If you go straight ahead toward the West, you will go about 0.5 miles on a southern loop through an Oak / Maple forest area which was cleared of buckthorn in 2020-1 and is presently being restored to a native state. You will cross the power line corridor just before you reach Intersection #3. Common inhabitants of this area are the white-tailed deer and the pileated woodpecker.

Sign # 2  Living On The Edge

An area where different habitats meet is called an edge environment or transition area. Certain types of animals may prefer and inhabit this edge environment, for example living in the shelter or cover of trees but going to hunt or feed in an open meadow nearby. Bluebirds are one example of a bird that may use this type of environment. Rabbits and deer may also prefer to feed in open areas but use woodlands as cover from predators. Although gradual transition areas may be beneficial to some species, to others however, abrupt edge areas in particular can be a detriment. Certain species may be more sensitive to predators along edge habitats.  In addition, when human development breaks up natural areas into smaller parcels, the remaining areas may be too small to support and provide the resources that a non-edge-using species needs to survive.  The disturbed areas may also be more susceptible to invasive species.  For information on a 2021 survey conducted on mammals that may be found in the park (including edge users such as raccoons), go to ADD LINK HERE.