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Bench I at Kuse Nature Preserve

Bench I is near a large igneous rock. Look to see the effect of plants that help the large rock decay. Look for grasses of various kinds, lichen and moss.

The bench is close to a hill that has been farmed for years. The slope of this hill was changed when soil excavated to build a pond was added to the hill, thus making it less dangerous to plow and use other machinery.

An American Elm tree at one time grew nearby. It was killed by Dutch Elm disease. The Pileated Woodpecker made large holes in it in search of insects. Note other plant species such as the Nannyberry bushes to the north. At one time when the area was more open, it was possible to harvest many wild strawberries.

Deer and turkeys enjoy being in this area.

Use the links on the grid below to help you observe.

Location Information

Plants

Animals

Igneous Rocks

American Elm

Deer

Nannyberry

Pileated Woodpecker

Lichen

Turkeys

Moss

Wild Strawberries

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Dr. Hildegard Kuse and Dr. Loretta Kuse