The Birch

The Birch
Illinois Beach State Park boasts a number of cool habitats, and one I really enjoy walking in is found in the North Unit up near the Wisconsin border.  Here black oaks thrive on very old dunes where the organic matter has accumulated enough to support them.  In this painting we see a lonely white birch peeking from behind two other trees.  Is this a relict from glacial times, when it was colder and birches could thrive here?


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