Can you believe the vast beautiful prairie before you was once farmland? When settlers moved into this area in the 1800s, they turned the fertile soils of prairies like this one into farms and homesteads. A hundred or so years later, those families sold or donated the land back to the state. The DNR with the help of volunteers like Mike Fort and the Friends of Lapham Peak have worked to restore this land to its native prairie state through invasive eradication, an ongoing battle, and regular prairie burns.
While walking on the Paul Sandgren Bike Trail, listen for different bird calls. You count 15 different species. In the spring before the leaves come out, it’s easier to see the birds in the trees. Males are brightly colored to attract the females. View the pictures, hear the calls and read the descriptions of these birds below.