Today, extreme humid heat notwithstanding, we decided to pay a long overdue visit to two nearby reserves, Koogler Wetland /Prairie Reserve, and Siebenthaler Fen (wetlands). The former we haven’t seen in a year, and there have been many improvements made to both parks by Eagle scouts and volunteers. The boardwalks have been repaired, extended, and made more accessible. We encountered a beaver dam, a groundhog, a lizard, fish, large ducks, and lots of loud frogs, all of which is encouraging. Many beautiful varieties of native wildflowers were in bloom, most notably the spectacular pink clouds of queen-of-the-prairie covering the wetlands at the fen. There were lovely wild pink roses everywhere, masses of delicate blue forget-me-nots, and so much more. I’ve divided this into two posts with Koogler first and Siebenthaler second.