July 21, 2010

Day 202 - Prairie dock (top)

I saw this prairie dock while out walking with the dog this afternoon. They are a plant that is native to the Illinois prairie. They grow very tall and this one was over 6 feet tall.

The leaves of the prairie dock are very distinctive. When I taught 3rd grade, we did a science unit on the Illinois prairie and the kids had fun learning about the plants and animals that are native to our state. 

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