The Open Habitats sub-group documents the natural history and management of the open (non-wooded) areas of Big Creek Homestead. The property was formerly a subsistence farm with open areas created for crops, pasture, and an apple orchard. Now, the Meadows provide many values for wildlife and recreation, as well as pasture for our horses. Besides being a place of beauty, the ancient apple Orchard produces much food for two-legged, four-legged, and winged creatures. Areas with scattered trees constitute Savannah habitat, which has its own suite of flora and fauna. Galleries about the Buildings, Gardens, and Livestock round out the picture of our activities in the open habitats.
All the photos this gallery were shot at Big Creek Homestead, the photographer’s home near Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.