Archive | April, 2010

Followup: Saturday April 24 Workday

27 Apr

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for an introduction to Rainbow Beach Dunes! We cleaned up trash, learned about the history of Rainbow Beach, and tried our best to identify plants, few of which were flowering. If you weren’t able to attend this time, keep in mind that workdays will typically be on the 4th Saturday of the month throughout the spring and summer.

I also wanted to follow up with a few things we talked about on Saturday. I mentioned a great book, Dune Country by Glenda Daniel, which is explicitly about the plants and animals in the Indiana Dunes, but many of these can also be found at Rainbow Beach Dunes.

Additionally, Marion brought up a grass species with pesky burs that we have identified as Cenchrus longispinus, the mat sandbur, a plant native to our region.

Finally, I just wanted to list some of the species we focused on, in case you wanted to read up more about them:
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Arabidopsis lyrata (sand cress)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (bearberry)
Artemisia biennis (biennial wormwood)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
Cakile edentula (sea rocket)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace)
Equisetum hyemale (horsetail/ scouring rush)
Lathyrus japonica (beach pea)
Opuntia humifusa (prickly pear cactus)
Phragmites australis (common reed)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus pumila (sand cherry)
Salix interior (willow)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem)
Vitis riparia (riverbank grape)

Mark your calendars for a big event next month: on Saturday May 22 we will be planting native forbs on the upper beach near the parking lot, and spreading seeds on the upper ridge abutting the water treatment plant. We will need YOUR help!


Saturday April 24: Get to know Rainbow Beach!

24 Apr

Please come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes for the first workday of 2010 on Saturday, April 24 from 10am – noon.

You will find out what makes the plants and animals at this site so special– learn about the history of the beach, how to identify interesting (prickly pear cactus!) and important (marram grass!) plants, find out about the animals that make their home here, and make the area even more beautiful by picking up garbage along the way.

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St. By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water treatment plant, and park in the first parking lot. Rainbow Beach Dune is at the southern end of the beach. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar!*
Other upcoming workdays at Rainbow Beach:
Saturday May 22 – Forb planting
Saturday June 26 – Plant inventory
Saturday July 31 – Weed/Invasive plant management

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