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Random Plant: Sassafras

Common throughout the eastern United States, sassafras (Sassafras albidum, Lauraceae) can be found in a variety of habitats. As a pioneer species (Immel 2001) these woody plants often thrive in disturbed areas along roads, fields, and forest openings. I often … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Tulip tree

One of the tallest trees in eastern North America is the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnoliaceae).  These giants regularly exceed 150 feet, and some have been measured at nearly 200 feet.   In addition to their great height, these trees are also … Continue reading

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More Turkeys Than a Thanksgiving Buffet

I often see wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo, Phasianidae) in wooded areas and open fields here in southeast Michigan. Until now I’ve never taken a decent photo of one. Here they tend to be very skittish, running away well before I … Continue reading

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Above and Below Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park is situated in an area of west-central Kentucky famous for its textbook karst topography. This landscape is characterized by sinkholes, springs, rivers that disappear below ground, and extensive caves. The formation of these features requires a … Continue reading

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