Emily Traphagen Park
This 86 acre park has it all, from woodlands, to wetlands, ponds and meadows. It appears to be laden with American Beech and maple trees throughout it’s beautiful trails. A deer enclosure is located at this site with a few identification plaques located about to help guide fellow park enthusiasts. It has an accumulative distance of 1.2 miles between it’s three trails, the whitetail loop trail (0.6 mi), the pond overlook trail (0.1 mi), and the meadow trail (0.5 mi). Queen Anne’s lace is prominent along the meadow trail as well as other meadow plants. Within the park you could spot hawks, kingfishers, ducks, sparrows and swallows as well as cottontail rabbits and groundhogs.
I’ve spent alot of time at highbanks, but I’m pretty sure I’ve only been to the Emily Traphagen park once! So here I go in search of new diversity today, and hopefully some decent ID skills.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)
Fun fact: I just found out that native americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns and skin inflammation!
Ironwood Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Fun fact: So I knew multiflora rose was invasive but holy cow! One multiflora rose plant produces one million seeds each year, and each seed is viable in the soil for up to 20 years!
White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)
Fun fact: It’s probably fine, but I definitely did NOT touch this plant. Apparently there’s a toxin in it’s leaves and stems that can be deadly for cows, AND if it gets into their milk supply and humans ingest that milk it can give you milk sickness…potentially fatal…
Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)
Fun fact: Apparently if you touch this flowers ripe seed pod…it explodes.
A good place to start when identifying poison ivy is looking for the three leaflets. There is a larger leaf at the end and two leaves off the sides. The leave edges could also be smooth or notched, and they are pointed at the tips.