Seed Collecting & Wildlife Viewing on the Katy Prairie

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On Friday, May 16, Sue & Bob Barry and Judy Thomas joined Lan Shen at a seed collecting trip to Warren Lake of the Katy Prairie.  Sue and Bob are currently taking the Texas Master Naturalist Class with the Gulf Coast Chapter and Judy is a GCMN.

Seed Collecting trip to the Katy Prairie on May 16, 2014

Seed Collecting trip to the Katy Prairie on May 16, 2014

Enjoying the unseasonable cool weather, we hunted and collected little barley (Horteum pusillum) seeds, since the dicanthelium (rosette grass) was not quite ripe.  Even though none of us were birders, at Warren Lake we saw a red-winged blackbird fly by.  We then went to Rock Hollow Creek, where we saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher landing here and there, splaying out its tail during landing to make an inverted Y.  There also we found a red harvester ant mound and followed its quite long trail.

Wonder why we are collecting seeds?  Read about it and join our email list for upcoming collecting dates at Prairie Seed Council of Texas webpage; more info also at Seed Collecting Resources for the Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program.