On 1 October 2011 the Deep Fork Audubon Society visited the Pontotoc Ridge Preserve. Little Forest River chased most of
the birds away, but we did find a roosting Black Vulture and a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker. Jona Tucker showed us the
insects and plants common at grassland and forest habitats on Pontotoc Ridge. The Liatris, punctuated by
prickly pears, painted the prairie purple.
Honeybee visiting blue sage
On our way out we found this monarch caterpillar on a tiny milkweed in the middle of the road,
Monarch on milkweed
and we also found a lot of sparrows that Donald (carrying Forest) was not able to identify.
Hopefully the Payne County group got good looks at them!