2009 White Lake Area Nature Walk Series

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August 1st Forest eco-systems and wildlife at Duck Lake State Park

     


August 1st, 2009. Another good turnout.

     
      A view of Duck Lake from the park pavilion
 

 
 

 

 

 


Leaving standing deadwood provides habitat
and a food source for wildlife.

 

 


Investigating Ant Lions

 

     



 



Tour guide Chad Hipshire of the Muskegon Conservation District
 explains that Red Maple has a more jagged edged leaf  than Sugar Maple

 

 


         On the trail in Duck Lake State Park




Picking Wild Blueberries


Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). It can be differentiated from native Honeysuckle by its stems which have a hollowed center versus our native Honeysuckle that has a corked membranous solid center.


Japanese Honeysuckle

 


 

 

 

 


Low growing Red Cedar


A salamander found along the trail.
 


Wild Garlic (Allium vineale) plant. It can be used
as a Japanese Beetle deterrent in your garden.

  
Don't touch! Repeated exposure to Poison Ivy can cause a sensitive reaction. If you are hypersensitive to Poison Ivy don't eat Cashews, Pistachios, or Mangos. They all contain various amounts of urushiol, the active irritant.


Spotted Knapweed. An invasive non-native plant.
Contact the Muskegon Conservation District
for eradication information.


Sugar Maple. Smoother lobes between the tips than Red Maple.

 

 

 


Smooth Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii)

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