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Nature’s Own: The legacy of Kachina Pairie


Ennis’ unique wildlife preserve, Kachina Prairie, one of the first trails to be mapped for the Bluebonnet Festival back in the 1950s, features more than the state flower. The 30-acre grassland, located on the banks of Lake Clark, has never been cultivated, its vegetation and bird species remaining as they were hundreds of years ago when the bison roamed freely. A nod to that now vanished breed is seen in the large bronze bison statue that stands near the center of the preserve, just off Baldridge St. It was first designated by the City of Ennis as city park in 1966 and as a wildflower preserve in 1971. “To the casual observer, the prairie may appear to be an uninteresting, untidy area full of weeds,” says Dr. Ray C. Telfair, a biologist and longtime Ennis resident who helped classify the ecology of Kachina Prairie. “However, the vegetation is very intricately structured, organized and dynamic.” Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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