Field Trip Report
by Bob Kamper
On a warm but breezy afternoon in May, made a little easier by partial cloudiness, half a dozen of the usual suspects(Kathy and Dick Galloway, Beth Blankenship, Kathy McCormack, Sue Wiseman and Bob Kamper) gathered at Champion Park for a nature walk along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. We were joined during the walk by three others; Ray and Sallie Wahrenhock of NPSOT, who had started early on the trail, and Terry Ericsson, a user of the trail who had heard about the field trip.
The non-floral find of the walk was a Texas Bumelia Borer Plinthocoelium suaveolens plicatum, with a shiny green body and orange legs, who obligingly posed on a pen for us.
We also saw a Kiowa Dancer damselfly Argia immunda, perched on the bridge over Brushy Creek. From the dam, we were able to see a small blue heron and several turtles.
Among the notable and unexpected or unusual plants spotted were: Scarlet Pimpernel Anagallis arvensis,
Blue Curls Phacelia congesta,
Western Venus’ Looking Glass Triodanis coloradoensis,
an almost completely red Firewheel Gaillardia pulchella,
False Nightshade Chamaesaracha sordida,
Plateau Goldeneye Viguiera dentata,
Dodder Cuscuta sp., and
Prairie Fleabane Erigeron modestus.
In all, we identified almost 50 plants and trees along the way in the outdoor classroom.