Prairie Days - Week One Photo Essay by David Stern

The first weekend of Prairie Days at Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, WA was a well attended and successful event. With tours of the prairie, a native plant sale, and other special events throughout the weekend there was something for everyone who joined in the fun.

Prairie tours were led by Dr. Robert Pelant. CEO of Pacific Rim Institute.
The endangered golden paintbrush flower (Castilleja levisecta)
Western buttercup trying to hide in a stand of golden paintbrush
Sickle-keel lupine (Lupinus albicaulus)
Purple camas lily.
Field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)
Chocolate Lily

Another very popular event at Prairie Days was the barn owl walk which featured the privilege of seeing baby owls in their nest. About 20 people took turns greeting and photographing these incredible little animals who will grow up to be fierce predators on the prairie.

This barn was built in 1911
Waiting in line to climb into the loft
The tour attendees were so excited!
The nesting box
Say hello to two of the three owlets

This author, local photographer David Stern, led two photo walks as a part of Prairie Days. Joined by fellow photographers, who tend to be a solitary bunch, we walked the prairie in search of artistic inspiration. Once again the prairie delivered and everyone was able to capture some beauty and had some fun.

HDR photo by David Stern

If you missed Prairie Days last weekend don't despair. It is happening again May 12-13 with another amazing schedule of free and family friendly events. Please visit for the full schedule of events.

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