The Lost Lake Report: Indian Pipe, Fields of Flowers, Turkey Eggs, and More

Our resident caretakers at Lost Lake Nature Park, the Fox family, get a front-row seat to all of the cool things happening at that park. Thanks to Angela Fox for sending me these pictures. With its lakes, wildlife, oak barrens, and glacial features, Lost Lake Nature Park is a hidden gem. Make a point to check out Lost Lake Nature Park this summer!

Curiosity and excitement describes the Fox children as they watch this turtle make its way through the park.
Curiosity and excitement describes the Fox children as they watch this turtle make its way through the park.
As part of the re-design of the sledding hill and waterfront at Lost Lake Nature Park in 2013, the fresh soil was seeded with a mix of native plant species. Fast-growing species, like black-eyed susans, put on a great show this summer.
As part of the re-design of the sledding hill and waterfront at Lost Lake Nature Park in 2013, the fresh soil was seeded with a mix of native plant species. Fast-growing species, like black-eyed susans, put on a great show this summer.
Sunlight glinting off the lake, sandhill cranes in the grass, and the senrenity of a quiet day. Lost Lake Nature Park is a peaceful place.
Sunlight glinting off the lake, sandhill cranes in the grass, and the senrenity of a quiet day. Lost Lake Nature Park is a peaceful place.
Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) isn't a fungus, it is a parasitic plant! It forms associations with fungi in the soil and gets nutrients from them. As a result, it doesn't need chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green).
Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) isn’t a fungus, it is a parasitic plant! It forms associations with fungi in the soil and gets nutrients from them. As a result, it doesn’t need chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green) to capture light energy and make carbohydrates.
A nest of turkey eggs at Lost Lake Nature Park. Angela saw the mother sitting on the nest a few days after she took this picture.
A nest of turkey eggs at Lost Lake Nature Park. A few days after she took this picture, Angela saw the mother turkey sitting on this nest.
Sandhill cranes on the shores of Lost Lake Nature Park.
Sandhill cranes on the shores of Lost Lake Nature Park.
Sweet-scented waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) is one of the unique aquatic plants you can see from the dock at Lost Lake Nature Park.
Sweet-scented waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) is one of the unique aquatic plants you can see from the dock at Lost Lake Nature Park.
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About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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