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Photographs have been taken over the past several years at the J.J. Collett Natural Area. We hope you find them interesting.
Just as the Natural Area supports a diversity of plant communities, these plant communities support a diversity of animal life. This mosaic of different habitats supports both forest birds such as the Blue-Headed Vireo and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, grassland birds such as Clay-Colored and Savannah Sparrows. With this mix of both forest and grassland bird communities, over a hundred bird species have been identified within the natural area. The area also supports numerous White-Tailed Deer as well as smaller animals such as Porcupine and Red Squirrel. In addition to its diverse vertebrate fauna, the natural area also is home to numerous insect species. There are records of over 20 different butterfly species as well as over 250 species of moths. Other insect groups are also well represented, including dragonflies and damselflies, beetles and grasshoppers making the natural area a great stop for the entomological inclined. Please feel free to let us know of any new species for the natural area.
The Natural Area has a varied topography including rolling hills, depressional areas, stabilized sand dunes and an intermittent stream. This topographical variety helps to support a diversity of plant communities including shrubby grasslands, spruce, mixed wood forests, grassy meadows and willow/sedge wetlands. Because of this diversity of plant communities, the Natural Area supports nearly 300 species of vascular plants. The area also supports several species of rare plants such as Low Milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia). Special thanks to Sylvia Glass and Gail Hughes for their hard work compiling this list. Feel free to contact us regarding any new plants found within the Natural Area that are missing from the list.