Midwest Native Plant Conference, and it promises to be another doozy. As an aside, we also schemed up and plotted out a one-day butterfly conference to be held next July 12 at this very visitor's center. The center has awesome conference capabilities, and equally good, it sits smack in the middle of oodles of great habitat.
After our meeting, we set off to explore the local prairies, such as the patch of turf above. The fields were absolutely swarming with dragonflies, mostly Common Green Darners, Anax junius, with lesser numbers of Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacera. Inestimable thousands were in the area. Equally conspicuous was one of our coolest birds, the Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor, sometimes known as the "Bullbat".
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We're still in the sweet spot for nighthawk migration. Watch for flocks passing overhead towards dusk. They'll be headed due south, and the birds will be stone silent, their loud nasal peents are a sound of spring and summer.