Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
There are few lovelier sights than finding in sheltered nooks where the sun has rested, patches of hepaticas, snow trillium and bloodroot, the real harbingers of spring. Former Curator Martha Crone.
Early spring in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden can be a wonderful experience. The Garden landscape is fully visible as the leaf canopy of trees and shrubs has not yet obscured far vistas. It is a time to see the actual geography of the Garden - the "Lay-of-the-land." Spring bird watching is great, the early spring flowers are appearing; it is the time of burning the prairie and it is also a time when our spring weather does not cooperate on all days.
Early spring birders gather in the Avery Birding Area and on the trails
Early spring birders gather on the trails while another group is looking for early spring plant growth.
Below: Parts of the prairie area after the April 2007 burn. Photos above by Melissa Hansen