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Nature Notebook

Did you know there are native sunflowers in southwest Michigan? They may not be the large mammoth variety you see planted in farm fields, but they do get tall! A visit to Sarett’s wetlands right now will give you views of tall/giant sunflower, or Helianthus giganteus, among many other flowering wetland flowers like Joe-Pye weed and boneset. This wet-loving, yellow-flowered beauty can grow from 3 – 6 feet tall.

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The numerous, tiny piles of soil that indicate earthworm activity are beginning to appear in yards. The earthworm’s body is mostly water so how did it survive our bitterly cold winter?


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