Last week when the temps were 90+ I went on a field trip to the Swamp Lovers Reserve. Had I thought about the temperature I might have thought twice about going. Hiking in high temps, high 80s in the pm, can be uncomfortable to say the least. I had, however, been looking forward to the field trip being hosted by the Blue Mounds Area Project. It’s always great to hear about how other landowners are doing with their restorations.
The Swamp Lovers have restored a bluff prairie and are working on restoring the wetland in the valley. Their major accomplishment was ridding most of the valley that is part of the reserve of reed canary grass and bringing back the native vegetation.
The evening turned out to be a very nice one. Not a lot of hiking involved; instead we rode around in a hay wagon. Then a pot-luck afterwards on top of the bluff with a nice breeze and good company.