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  • Platte River Basin Environments : News & Events
    Freeway Bayard Wins Land Judging The Business Farmer Hands on Practicum Offers Ranch knowledge Can you Dig It Ducks Unlimited Clive Ostenberg Legacy Project Completed Fossil Excavation Gateway to the Fossil Freeway Legacy Challenge One Year Later Preserving The Land Return of the Bighorns Rocky Rescue Star Herald Wildcat Wildlands Days Wildlands Tabloid Lending a Hand Dow Chemicals Joins to Aid Wildlife Fly Away Home Star Herald Life Style Wildcat

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    of 220 species for Scotts Bluff County NE was compiled by members of the Wildcat Audubon Society It includes species that were reported four years or more in the ten years 1997 2006 This list is in accordance with the

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    the grasses that grow in the same areas Identification made easy if the flower is present although there are not many at any one time Neat Stuff Later in the summer you will be able to observe numerous bulbs on the lower stems These bulbs and called galls and are created as a response by the plant to egg deposits from a wasp Eggs are layed in the stem and as the larva develop the gall is created We also found that hardened sap of this plant was used as chewing gum by Plains indians the sap turns blue upon chewing to the top Flodman s Thistle Family Sunflower Family Asteraceae A K A Prairie Thistle General Native Perennial Found in disturbed sites around the center and along roadsides Like other thistles can also be found in overgrazed areas in the Panhandle Unlike several of the other thistles of the area Flodman s Thistle is a native It acts as a pioneer plant helping to recolonize disturbed grasslands It does not compete well with native grasses Bees are important pollinators Scarlet Globe Mallow Family Mallow Family Malvaceae A K A Cowyboy s Delight Moss Rose General Native Perennial Very pretty orange low lying flower frequently found along paths to the north and west of the Center flowers from May to August making it one of the longer lived flowers of the area Neat Stuff Reportedly Dakota medicine men created a paste from this plant and coated their hands with it to make them immune to scalding water thus being able to take hot meal out of a kettle One has to wonder why I found no answers Some members of this genus are eaten by mule deer Cotton and hollyhocks are related species Prairie Spiderwort Family Spiderwort Family Commelinaceae General Native Perennial Flowers from May to June found in disturbed areas along Center trails Easily spotted because of its purple flower that rises nearly a foot from the ground In most cases the top of the plant may contain several flowers in various stages Leaves extend from the base and are narrow and long Neat Stuff Flowers close in the heat of the day Transplants into gardens fairly easily Stems contain a juice that can be drawn into slender threads that resemble spiders silk Silvery Lupine Family Bean Family A K A Field Bindweed Creeping Jenny General Native Perennial Another favorite found in the Nebraska Panhandle A bit hard to find at the Center found more frequently in grassy areas to the north and east at Buffalo Creek and also along many roads in the Panhandle Plants can grow up to a foot the plants in the photo were about eight inches in height Leafs contain 6 9 leaflets with hairs on the underside Color usually violet but does vary Blue Lettuce Family Sunflower Family Asteraceae General Native perennial yet another member of the sunflower family As you will or may have already discovered not all members of the sunflower

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    Amphibians Birds American wigeon Bald eagle Barn owl Blue gray gnatcatcher Brewer s sparrow Burrowing owl Cassin s kingbird Common poorwill Common snipe Cooper s hawk Cordilleran flycatcher Dark eyed junco Ferruginous hawk Golden eagle Long billed curlew Merlin Long billed curlew Mountain bluebird Northern bobwhite Northern harrier Ovenbird Peregrine falcon Pine siskin Pinyon jay Prairie falcon Prairie loggerhead shrike Pygmy nuthatch Red crossbill Swainson s hawk Short eared owl

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    Gallery Bird Watchers Checklist Wildflowers At Risk Species Photo Gallery Plant Life Cancer Root Narrow leaved Penstemon Leopard Lilly Click here to view additional photos and information on the local plant life Animal Life Plant Life Scenery Home About Us

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    Contact Us Photo Gallery Bird Watchers Checklist Wildflowers At Risk Species Photo Gallery Scenery Chimney Rock at Sunset Bead Mountain Ranch Faucus Springs at Sunset Kiowa Wetlands at Sunset Animal Life Plant Life Scenery Home About Us Wildlife Projects Wildlands

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Contact Us
    Conservation If you are interested in contributing volunteering or if you have any questions about what we do please contact us All fields required The following errors occured You did not provide a name You did not provide an email address You did enter a message Your Name Your Email Message Contact Information Hod Kosman P O Box 2308 Scottsbluff NE 69363 2308 Phone 888 632 7004 Fax 308 632

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    to the pads of a cats foot to the top White Wild Onion Family Lily Family Liliaceae Photos Taken 6 8 at Wildcat Hills General Native Perennial Found in May and June very plentiful along the trails of the Center particularly the trail leading to the north from the rear of the Center Grows to around 10 12 inches tall with flowers found in clumps at the top Neat Stuff Small bulb has a pleasant taste with obvious uses in cooking Bulbs easily dried and stored for winter use One medicinal use found cited the juice of the onion for sore throats There are about 300 species of onions world wide Serves as a food source for a wide variety of animals Star flowered False Solomon Seal Family Lily Family Liliaceae A K A Spikenerd Solomon s Plume General Native Perennial A bit more difficult to find than most of the flowers in the area The Solomon s Seal prefers the cooler more shaded areas along the further reaches of the trail system May be found in the low canyons or where the sun doesn t often visit Common to Ponderosa Pine areas of the west It is not very big you will have to keep a sharp eye out Neat Stuff Root is an effective expectorant for inflammatory stage of lung infections and sore throats facilitates softening and upward movement of mucus Root tea also good for frontal headaches caused by or occuring with indigestion Beebalm Family Mint Family Lamiaceae A K A Horsemint Spotted Beebalm Plains or Lemon Monarda Lemonmint Photos Taken 6 14 6 20 at Wildcat Hills General Native Annual Fairly early riser found in Western and Central Nebraska found easily along Center trails growing to heights in excess of one and a half feet Neat Stuff Plant contains thymol used as an ingredient in antiseptic preparations and as a fungicide Southwestern indians use it to season foods also has been used to stimulate menstration White Sweet Clover Family Pea Family Leguminosae Photos Taken 7 10 7 15 at Wildcat Hills General One of two common sweet clovers the other being the yellow sweet clover Both commonly found together in the center area Usually tall with flowers on a long spike The white can be taller than the yellow Blooms in June and into September Both varieties are good forage for grazers and sometimes is planted for that purpose Neat Stuff Contains chemical coumarin which gives the plant its odor and taste If plant spoils the coumarin decays into a toxic substance that prevents the clotting of blood Desirable plant for bees Although we would never advocate picking or cutting these plants you should be here when the sides of the road get mowed this stuff smells awesome Combleaf Evening Primrose Family Evening Primrose Family Onagraceae General One of the many primroses in Western Nebraska As mentioned with the Gumbo Evening Primrose it is one of the whites We are fairly confident of its identification but as we said the whites are tough This variety tends to be more solitary and even harder to find at the Center Can reach up to 12 inches high in contrast to the Gumbo which rarely reaches six inches It is typically more abundant following above average rainfall and resides abundantly in pastures If you are driving hear locally especially to the east and see a white flower in a pasture in the late spring early summer it is likely the Combleaf Platte Thistle Family Sunflower Family Asteraceae Photos Taken 6 14 at Wildcat Hills General Native Perennial Common to Western and Central Nebraska As with most thistle species is typically found in slightly disturbed areas This one can be found easily by taking the trail west from the rear of the Center It will be found on the trail itself Easily distinguished from other thistles due to its white color It is one of the first thistles to bloom in the area to the top Clammy Weed Family Caper Family Capparaceae Photos Taken 8 13 8 17 at Wildcat Hills General Closely related to the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Flowers later in the summer from July to September Found in gravelly soils as a matter of fact these were photographed just to the east of the center parking lot Neat Stuff Plant possesses a very strong odor from oils released by the hairs of the plant Produces a fruit found in a pod very obvious in the later parts of August Sulfur Cinquefoil Family Rose Family Rosaceae Photos Taken 7 10 at South Stage Hill Wildcats General Naturalized Perennial We were very excited to run across this one because it does not occur frequently in the west It does appear to be spreading our way as is in evidence by our photos Plants reportedly reach 1 2 feet tall however these plants were found along a roadside area and were much shorter having been exposed to mowing pressures Neat Stuff This variety of plant has played an important role medicinally Plant juices act as an astringent which constricts tissues presumably to reduce blood flow We also found a practice of placing cinquefoil leaves in shoes to prevent blisters Although a member of the rose family it is much kinder to the touch lacking thorns Tenpetal Mentzelia Family Stickleaf Family Loasaceae A K A Prairie Lilly Blazing star Stickleaf Sand Lily Evening Star Moon Flower Photos Taken 8 17 at SB National Monument General Native Biennial or Short Lived Perennial One of two species found in the Panhandle Flowers from June to September but seems that locally you are more likely to find it in August and September Pollinated by moths and other night flying insects Flowers tend to open in late afternoon closing in early morning Neat Stuff Name derived from the fact that flowers have 10 or more petals Green Milkweed Family Milkweed Family Asclepiadaceae Photos Taken 6 24 6 29 at Wildcat Hills General Native Perennial Flowers

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