Field Trip: Region 2B

Sun. Aug 1, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
All Ages
46 days away
Price: Free
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46 days away
Price: Free
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2B Wildin


Region 2B
Wildin & Bernau Prairies
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Algona, Iowa


Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation acquired the 80-acre Wildin property in 2003. At the time it was a never-plowed overgrazed pasture that looked like a hidden gem. After taking the cattle off and actively managing to the property with prescribed fire, the site has shown itself as a high quality remnant prairie with 11 pothole basins.  


The Bernau site is the largest black soil prairie remaining in private ownership. It was purchased by prairie enthusiast Andy Swanson, and is permanently protected with a conservation easement held by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  


Ryan Schmidt, INHF Land Stewardship Director, will lead attendees on a hike at each prairie site.


Field trips may be subject to adverse weather. Field trip leaders will contact attendees if severe weather is an issue. Please bring your own water bottle, boots, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, camera and snacks.



  • Registration limit: 25

  • Private land

  • Remnant

  • Mesic-wet prairie

  • Points of Interest: High quality remnants, nearby glacial moraines. Plants of interest include: lead plant, hairy rock cress, common water starwort, Mead’s stiff sedge, spike rush, bottle or closed gentian, cowbane, slender bulrush, Riddell’s goldenrod, American vetch, white camass

  • Physical Challenges: Flat prairie, but uneven terrain is possible. Potentially wet conditions near the potholes. 

  • Restroom Facilities: No

  • Food/Water Provided: No

  • Seating available: No


 

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