Last Friday I visited Adams County once again. For those of you who don't know where Adams County is, it's a southern county right along the Ohio River. Adams County is a treasure trove for nature lovers like me. Within the county are uncommon breeding birds, rare and uncommon snakes, rare and endangered plants, and even rare ecosystems. One of these rare ecosystems is the xeric (or dry) limestone prairie, and it is in these that one can find the subject of this post.
at this link). Walking through Lynx Prairie you would never
expect to learn that the countless purple flowers all around you are
state-listed, but their habitat preferences are their downfall here in
Ohio. Around 4% of Ohio used to be covered by prairies before European
settlement, but after the 1800's those settlers plowed most of the
prairies, thus destroying them. Now, Ohio has less than 1% of the original prairies remaining. Think about that: there's only a tiny fraction remaining of something that only covered a tiny fraction of Ohio in the first place.
I loved these guys so much I just had to do a feature on them. I do have like 5 other Adams-County related posts lined up after this past trip, with this being the first. The others include ones about milkweeds, more prairie flowers, and individual park overviews, so stay tuned!