Saturday, June 2, 2012

Conservation Corps Update: May 30th-June 2nd

Post contributed by Conservation Corps of Minnesota, Youth Outdoors crew 2:
Blueflag Iris in bloom at Como Lakeshore
The weather is warming up as we move into June.  We spent the week working around Como Lake.  In Victoria Rain Garden, we spotted a female snapping turtle preparing to lay eggs.  We gave her some space as we worked through the area managing several invasive species including penny-cress, shepherd's purse, and curly dock. We moved on to Como Lakeshore managing reed canary grass, which has reddish panicles and is particularly distinguishable by the prominent ligules at the stem. Irises are in bloom around the lake as well, a welcome sight along the shore.

Female snapping turtle preparing
to lay her eggs