Stop 511 – Prairie Roots Panel Introduction, 1.5 minutes.
Facing north toward Knoch Knolls Road, you are in front of a two-foot tall by three-foot wide angled panel mounted on two metal posts, three-feet high. A park bench sits six feet to your left.
A full-color photograph of a female American Goldfinch fills the right-hand side of the panel, clutching a few small, spiky brown Echinacea seeds in its mouth and foot,. A caption identifies the small bird as, “Carduelis tristis.” It is four- to five-and-a-half inches long with a sharp, pointed black beak. It has dull grayish brown underparts with a yellowish face, a dull grey body, and blackish wings with a grey tail.
Text at top left of the panel reads:
For thousands of years northern Illinois was covered with prairie, a treeless grassland. The plant species you see here in our prairie restorations represent the survivors of scorching fires and periods of intense drought. What is it about prairie plants that make it possible for them to survive this kind of adversity?
To listen to a description of prairie plant underground survival tactics and prairie soil, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 522.
To listen to a description of native prairie plants, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 533.
To listen to a description of the surrounding environment at this location, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 544.
To listen to navigation instructions to the next stop, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 555.
To listen to information about the funding for this project, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 566.