Skunk Cabbage: Feb 18

For the first outing, the North East Ohio Family Nature Club visited Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve to try to find Skunk Cabbage, the first wildflowers in Ohio to bloom each spring. Check out this article for a good background on why these plants are so cool. We found skunk cabbages pushing up through wet soil and melting ice on the surface of a vernal pool. We also found club mosses and the fruits from last fall’s wild cranberries in a sphagnum moss bog. Some kids found horsenettle berries and goldenrod galls.

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