We just completed the annual invasive species trek over the La Petite Gemme Prairie just west of Bolivar. Recently featured in the News-Leader, this is our favorite prairie because of its location close to Springfield and its approachable size. It has 37 acres of virgin land, never touched by plow or planting and all visible from the top of the hill. A subdivision now along the eastern border is out of sight unless you climb to the top to see a single rooftop.
|Sherpa spraying Sericea lespedeza|
|Dickcissel pair watching over their prairie|
|Bee nectaring on prairie rose|