By Jason Ney
From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature defend in Ohio, this quantity offers a photograph of the main brilliant and significant average locations within the Midwestern United States.
• Illustrations depict 50 of the main valuable landscapes within the Midwest
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The floodplain forest, shrub swamp, and pond communities of the LaRue Swamp host such trees as swamp oak, swamp hickory, pumpkin ash, sweet gum, bald cypress, and water tupelo. The last two especially are more commonly found in southern swamps. American lotus, swamp iris, and other aquatic plants from the burreed, bladderwort, mud plantain, and featherfoil genera also grow here. Green tree frogs, beavers, mink, muskrats, and the much rarer bobcat and freshwater otter all live within the swamp, along with the rice rat—far north of its usual range through the southeastern states.
The trees, grasses, and forbs of the barrens are normally found within dry prairie and oak savanna habitats much further north and west. The Cache River Wetlands are known for their abundant bird life, which includes great blue herons, great egrets, little blue herons, green herons, least bitterns, wood ducks, mallards, snow geese, sora rails, woodcocks, quail, mourning doves, red-headed woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, black vultures, red-tailed hawks, and great horned owls.
In all, more than 75 types of trees and hundreds of wildflower species grow within the Giant City ecosystem. Wildlife abounds in the Giant City area, with 48 mammals, 52 reptiles, 57 amphibians, 237 birds, and 109 species of fish living either within the park or in the surrounding national forest. Among these are the common white-tailed deer, fox and gray squirrels, eastern cottontail rabbits, and wild turkeys. More rare and critical species include the alligator snapping turtle, timber rattlesnake, black king snake, Fowler’s toad, slimy salamander, Indiana bat, and Rafinesque’s big-eared bat.