and visit from the Easter Bunny, Noelle, Sierra, Grandma and I headed out for a short hike at the Holland Sand Prairie Preserve near Holmen, Wisconsin. After our arrival at the preserve, we headed off, following an obvious trail into the prairie.
In an area of shrubs we found a bird's nest
and shortly thereafter, some pasque flowers.
We would find plenty of pasque flowers throughout the remainder of the hike. Soon, we came to a fence line and some signs marking bell's vireo habitat.
We followed the fence line for a while
and found what might be a badger burrow in the soil.
We found a bench on top of a small hill to rest at
and then continued on.
Sierra was in the mood to expend some energy and so we let her run a little ways ahead.
We looped back to a section of trail that we had already hiked and split into 2 groups. Noelle and Sierra started back towards the car, while Grandma and I headed to hike a section of trail that followed the fence line on the other side of the preserve. Eventually, we all met back up at a concrete structure that I'm guessing is the remains of an old barn foundation.