Kachina Prairie represents a remaining remnant of Blackland Prairie in Texas. Once much more extensive in east central Texas, most Blackland Prairie habitat has been converted to other land uses. Fortunately, we have examples like Kachina Prairie to remind us of what the original tallgrass prairie looked like. The conservation of this remnant prairie is the result of action by concerned citizens of Ennis. The site now serves as a center for research, as well as a successful example of grassland restoration. While meandering through the prairie in spring or summer, listen for Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers twittering overhead. In winter, search the brambles and dense thickets for wintering sparrows such as Lincoln’s, White-throated and perhaps Harris’s. In spring, the prairie comes alive with wildflowers complete with an array of attendant butterflies. Look for Pipeline and Spicebush Swallowtails, as well as Variegated and Gulf Fritillaries.
This is a nice trail for a nature hike/walk enjoying the beauty of the prairie.
Join us for the Wildflower Walks on Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival Weekend, April 8-10, 2022. See www.bluebonnettrail.org for the schedule.