Oct. 7, 2017

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So far we have seen only one plant of October ladies'-tresses in the Preserve.  I went looking for more yesterday to no avail.  But I did find a red mulberry.  Big deal, huh!  Actually, it is.  The mulberries we so commonly see are aliens, brought to America from Asia in a failed attempt to start a silk industry.  This red mulberry is our native species, and threatened in Michigan.  I knew it had been seen in the preserve, but this was a first for me.  So this and October ladies'-tresses are two more of the many things I owe to my Alma Mater.