Lawther–Deer Park Prairie: Pristine Urban Survivor
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In the midst of bustling Deer Park nestles an exceptional example of a coastal prairie, one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. The 51-acre Lawther–Deer Park Prairie, a never-plowed, native-prairie remnant, teems with more than 400 species of native plants and animals.
During the 45-minute bus ride to the site, Della Barbato, director of education at the Lawther–Deer Park Prairie, will share the story of the prairie’s narrow escape from development in 2014, the rewards and challenges of land conservation in a dense urban area, and the site’s ecological significance.
Participants will survey the terrain from the viewing platform, stroll the perimeter of the prairie, and explore its other paths while looking out for the wildlife that fills the preserve. Park volunteers will be on hand to help us identify birds, insects, and plants. Resident birds include Eastern meadowlarks, sedge wrens, red-winged blackbirds, and black-bellied whistling ducks. Our visit will include a box lunch.