Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ferris Dunes

Ferris Dunes by andiwolfe
Ferris Dunes, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.

This is the habitat for one of the Wyoming populations of the Federally endangered species Penstemon haydenii. The American Penstemon Society and Wyoming Native Plant Society did a joint field trip to this site on Monday, June 25, 2012. We found P. haydenii, but not in flower. Some of the plants had been munched, and others had a few dried up flowers still on the stalks.

The site is very beautiful with Ferris Mountain as a backdrop, but quite hot in the middle of the day during the summer. The whole region is very dry this year. It was really great to be able to see this habitat - it is an amazing place to visit, but very difficult to get to.

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