Thanks to an abundance of sunlight and rich soils, these open fields are home to many unique plants. Different sedges, milkweed, New York Ironweed and a variety of goldenrod species create a lush habitat for insects, amphibian, birds and mammals. Many plants and animals species that depend on these fields are evidence of the Oak Openings and Lakeplain Prairies that once dominated this area.
New York Ironweed provides much needed nectar to many insects, including the Regal Fritillary butterfly.
Thanks to their excellent camouflage and secretive habits, these elusive reptiles are rarely seen in Oakwoods.