June 26, 2015: Park Lyndon Fen with Mike Kost

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
Hike Location: 
Park Lyndon Fen
Park Lyndon is located in the hilly northwestern corner of the county and contains one of southern Michigan's finest natural area preserves. Over 500 species of plants are found in Park Lyndon's 335 acres of fens, marshes, bogs, ponds, forest, and prairie. The Professional Stewards hike will take us into the Prairie Fen, a rare and high quality habitat with a documented FQI of over 80. Although not specifically off limits, no public trails lead into the fen. Post Note form Allison Krueger: In attendance were over 25 professionals from the private, non-profit, academic, and government conservation fields with expertise represented in botany, ecology, entomology, research techniques, and land management. Thank you for all who attended and shared knowledge! I have attached my set of notes from the trip based on conversations in the field (sorry they are so brief!). If anyone would like the FQI for the fen or uplands please visit www.universalfqa.org ( see here: http://www.universalfqa.org/view_inventory/1663).

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Hike Facilitator: 
Mike Kost
Mike Kost formerly served as the lead ecologist and a senior conservation scientist with Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University Extension and is now the Native Plant Specialist with Matthaei Botanical Gardens. He has coauthored more than 75 publications, including three books on the natural communities of Michigan. Mike also managed the adult natural history education program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He has also worked as a naturalist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and as a land steward for the Koenen Land Preserve in Milwaukee. He earned a B.S. in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.