Karner Blue Habitat Improvement

The oak savanna, prairie grass habitat is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. The Natural Resources Conversation Services (NRCS) implemented a seven acre burn at Turtle Creek, starting the process to improve this habitat, primarily for the Karner Blue Butterfly, an endangered species. After the burn, the area was planted with a warm season mix, like big bluestem, indian grass, cone flowers, and wild lupine. Lupine is the sole food plant for the Karner Blue Butterfly. When this seven acres takes hold, we’ll have habitat for the Karner Blue, along with increased bedding area for our deer.

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