Late Summer Blooms on the Buena Vista Grasslands

Late summer blooms in the Buena Vista Grasslands, Portage County, Wisconsin

The grasslands south of Plover are managed as Prairie Chicken habitat. The year before the Department of Natural Resources mowed this acreage. Active management may seem out of place for maintaining wildlife habitat, but without it, woody plant growth would soon take over. Prairie Chickens are more partial to grasslands than woody acreage.  Mowing the previous year resulted in a proliferation of wildflowers this year.  Some may consider the growth to be primarily weeds, but the colors are impressive none-the-less.

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