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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

August 2011 Mouse-over the photo for the identity of the subject
prairie

Aug 31 At the end of the month Green Bay was about -1.66 inches of precipitation below "normal" for the month. Temperatures ran about 1.8 degrees warmer than usual.
Aug 28 Hurricane Irene came out of the Caribbean reaching Puerto Rico on the 22 of August and up the east coast of the United States, making landfall in the Carolinas by Aug 27 and sweeping up the coast to New jersey before being downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit New York and proceeded to cause flooding and wind damage into Vermont on the 28th.
Aug 22

Only 0.15 inch of rain fell in the last 16 days in Green Bay, and we are about 1.54 inches short of "normal" precipitation for the first 22 days of August. The soil is very dry and where there is a high clay content the soil is generally hard with wide cracks. Gardens need watering now or the plants will cease production. Leaves are yellowing in some plants in drier sites, as here in this Populus deltoides (cottonwood) in the upland at UW-Green Bay.

Aug 18 The first flowers of Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod) are opening now on UW-Green Bay (but even now there are a very small number). The earlier goldenrods that look structurally very similar are a different species, Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod).
Aug 15

The first Andropogon gerardii (big blue-stem) are now in flower (anthesis) on the UW-Green Bay prairies. The inflorescences have been easily recognizeable for some time, but this is the first true flowering that has occurred here.

The fruits of Viburnum trilobum (high-bush cranberry) are turning red now in the Green Bay area.

Aug 13 Shorebirds are returning to Green Bay area as they prepare for the migration.
Aug 11 Wisconsin DNR reports an estimated 3,300 acres of the invasive grass, Phragmites (giant reed) along the Green Bay shoreline. A large treatment program will be enacted soon to control this species which displaces our native wetland plants and the animals that depend on them, as well as blocking up boat launches and lake-fronts of shoreline dwellers. You may see some aerial spraying of the plants as part of this control program.
Aug 03 Other plants flowering in our prairie plantings: Eryngium yuccifolium (rattlesnake master), Helianthus decapetalus (woodland sunflower), Panicum virgatum (switch grass). Tradescantia ohioensis (spiderwort) is essentially done flowering for this year.
Aug 01

Returning after an absence of three weeks I find Ratibida pinnata (yellow coneflower), Monarda fistulosa (purple bergamot), Daucus carota (wild carrot) and Cichorium intybus (chickory) conspicuously in flower in the Green Bay area.

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