Urban grasslands are rare. Most parks in the city are woods, mowed picnic areas, or playing fields. That leaves grassland birds like dickcissels with limited places to call home.
Grasslands provide habitat for birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. They also offer wonderful vistas and beautiful flowers. Visit Havenwoods from mid-July through August to catch the flowers at the peak of their blooms.
In spring, you may find the grasslands burned and blackened. A planned (prescribed) burn helps to manage invasive species and prevent trees and shrubs from moving into the grassy areas. These burns are timed so that they encourage the growth of native prairie species without interfering with nesting grassland birds.