Jul. 25, 2021

Sibley Prairie

Here's a shot from yesterday's visit to Sibley Prairie Preserve. Sibley is just south of Detroit Metro Airport. That area is lakebed prairie left by the retreat of Lake Erie. After our glaciers melted and that massive weight was gone, Michigan began to rise. In geological time, we're getting higher pretty quickly. I figure in my lifetime, Michigan will gain a whole inch in altitude. Anyway, as a result Lake Erie is now farther southeast, and the Sibley area is exposed. It has resisted development because the water table is so close to the surface. There are a significant number of rare plants, and those are reclaiming the area very quickly now that invasive shrubs are being controlled. But the buffalo probably won't come back! These flowers are an unusual color of common wild lettuce. Wild lettuce plants mostly have yellow flowers.