This is a premier prairie invertebrate site and the focus of this hike will be on the last prairie skipper of the season-the Leonard’s skipper.
Learn how to find and identify the last prairie skipper of the season-the Leonard’s skipper. The Leonard’s skipper is one of two prairie grass dependent skippers that is still common enough to be found and considered for management. We will hopefully see this skipper, learn the look-a-likes, and potentially see other exciting remnant dependent species like the northern flower moth (Schinia septentrionalis) that is known from only 3 WI sites. Other topics to see and discuss include how this site is “micro-managed” to maintain prairie invertebrates and reptiles, as well as native plant landscaping for the butterflies, bees, and birds.
Moore Hill Road prairie is a 12-acre privately-owned high-quality remnant in NE Iowa that is only 13 miles from DeSoto, WI. This is a premier prairie invertebrate site with many species documented including Dusted, Ottoe (only 4 WI sites), and the Common Roadside skipper, Columbine Duskywing, Juniper and Hickory Hairstreaks, Northern Flower moth, Leadplant Flower moth, 2 leadplant underwing moths, Fitch’s Elephanthopper (only 4 WI sites), Rusty patched bubble bee and many yet to discover!
Almost no difficult hiking is required for this field trip as the remnant comes right up to a gravel road and to the edge of the owner’s yard. Bring binoculars and a chair or stool if interested in photographs/observation of butterfly behavior. If folks are interested, the group or a sub-set may climb to the top of the bluff and explore a new parcel recently purchased by the landowner.
Directions: 2515 Moore Hill Road, New Albin, IA. From Lansing, IA: Take Hwy 26 north toward New Albin for about 6 miles then turn LEFT on Spring Valley Drive, then turn RIGHT on Cedar Hill Road (at top of hill), then turn left on Desert Road (at bottom of hill), then follow for about 1.5 miles to address above (Dessert Road turns into Moore Hill Road). From New Albin, IA: take Hwy 26 south toward Lansing for about 4 miles. Turn RIGHT on Blackhawk Road (after crossing Upper Iowa river bridge), then a left on Pine Tree Road, and then stay to the right on Desert Road, then follow for about 1.5 miles to address above.
2515 Moore Hill Rd
New Albin, IA 52160
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