Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-5 : Research Areas and Projects

				
atlion oomittee made up of the com-unity's leading ottitens. 
(6) Gave a lecture serles to Advanced nature students. 
(7) Published r series of newsppper artiole8 In the local paper 
On natural history subjects. 
RESEARC!- _'Do RA Th F# vill7 Grove Area is, pr.arily a research 
area. During the past y     .ar, several problems ere  ndrtner; 
*(I) Results of differentta  die-off in the nestig, of bob-white 
quail. 
(2) A rough survey of game bird nesting mortallt.-. 
*(3) Population studies with sped lI reference t o winter die-off. 
*(4) Quantitative and qualitative study of winter feeding of 
gam birds. 
(5) Rlstorical wildlife survey of ravil1e Grove Area. 
(6) A representative herbarlum of the native flora of Faville 
Grove bs been collectee. 
~report pending 
PEMONTPATT10N PGRA1 Wildlife, to Increse, must be provided 
with adequate food and sitable cover. Faville (Irove is typical of 

		
					
TOPOGRAPHY AND SOILS 
About one quarter of Faville Grove Area is rolling upland 
with an elevation of from 820-900 feet. Th6 remainder of the area 
Was originally poorly drained lowland, but tilinig and ditching has 
made about half of the lowland fit for cultivation. The elevation 
of the lowlands is from 790-800 feet. 
There are two types of lowland soils at Faville Grove. 
Clyde silt loam is by far the more Important, since it covers more 
than half of the area. It is usually spoken of as ublackland" or 
'prairie soil". Its native vegetation was mainly marsh grass. 
Originally, this entire clyde silt loam series was lake 
bottom. The soil is made up of glacial material washed down from 
the hills.  Its reaction Is about neutral. Some of the finest crops 
In this region are produced on this soil, which is at its best during 
drought period. A la~te spring or very wet season reduces the value 
of this land for that particular season. 
Peat is the other poorly drained Faville Grove soil, and 
is found over about 10% of the area, Except where tiled or ditched, 
it has not been opened to agriculture. Its reaction varies from about 
neutral to 3.5 ph. In places it is highly decomposed, but in other 
places quite raw. There is one small remnant of leatherleaf--sphag- 
num bog with some of Its associated flora still in the process of 
producing more peat. 
The chief upland soil isfMiami silt loam. It is extremely 
silty and of a loes -like appearance. As is the case with the low- 
land soils, it is free from stones. In recent years, erosion has 
caused some trouble on the steeper slopes. 
While the reaction of this soil is usually about neutrl, 
it has become leached in places to such an extent that liming Is 
neeessary. Loamp of this series are not very drougtresistat,