Carex of Illinois Audubon Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary 2018

Carex search 2017- 2018

A total of twenty five Carex species were found during 2017-2018 by Linda Curtis, Specimens were kept fresh and digitally imaged with a camera-microscope.

GPS locations were recorded by photographer husband James Curtis.

Sedge meadows with many Carex species were preferred hay for early farmers as it was believed more nutritious than pasture hay because of the many seed heads which provide more protein. For wildlife, especially birds, the seed heads offer year around food, especially during the harsh winter months.

 

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