FT4 - The Indian Boundary Prairies

Day: Saturday 7/7
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Trip Leader: Ron Panzer
Email Address: rpanzer@mac.com

Trip Limit: 25

On this half-day field trip, we will tour the Indian Boundary Prairies (IBP) complex. Located on the bed of ancient Lake Chicago, the IBP offers a glimpse of what most of Chicago looked like 200 years ago. Despite its location within the bustling Chicagoland metropolis, the IBP complex ranks among the half dozen best examples of tall grass prairie east of the Mississippi River. Comprised of five sites totaling 427 acres, the IBP is considered to include the last high quality prairie remnants surviving within the Chicago Lake Plain. Because of its global importance, 150 acres within and adjacent to the Gensburg tract have been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. IBP supports six plant communities: dry mesic prairie, mesic sand prairie, wet mesic prairie, wet prairie, sedge meadow and marsh. It also exhibits remarkable plant diversity, with over two hundred and sixty prairie plant species recorded.Participants should bring water, insect repellent, hat and rugged footwear for hiking in the field.

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