Tallgrass Prairie Center

Region 6 IPN field trip to Sharon Bluffs State Park

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sharon Bluffs State Park, 25100 520th St, Centerville, IA 52544, USA
On Saturday, April 22nd, Mark Leoschke will lead a field trip for the Region 6 chapter of the Iowa Prairie Network at Sharon Bluffs State Park east of Centerville, just west of the Chariton River and less than 10 miles north of the Missouri border in Appanoose County in south-central Iowa.  The park has upland deciduous forest dominated by oaks and hickories plus bottomland forest.  There will be a number of species of spring ephemerals in bloom.  The bottomland forest has kingnut hickory (Carya laciniosa) which has huge nuts compared to our other native hickories.  If the ephemeral pools in the bottomland forest have water we may see fairy shrimp swimming upside down.  Leg movements help the fairy shrimp collect food from the water such as algae, bacteria, protozoa, rotifers and floating detritus.
Directions: Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the campground.  From the intersection of State Highway 2 and State Highway 5 in Centerville drive approximately 3 miles east on State Highway 2.  Turn right (south) on 248th Avenue and travel approximately 0.75 mile.  Turn left (east) on 520th Street and drive past the elk exhibit (the Appanoose County Conservation Board manages the state park).  Follow the road as it turns right (south) and dead ends near the campground.