The Camp Strake Nature Guide gives brief descriptions of some of the numerous varieties of trees and other plants found along the nature trail. Scouts in troops can work on First Class: #5. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants in your community. Feel free to contribute pictures.

Camp Strake Nature Guide

Wildlife


Luna Moth
(Actias Luna)
Photo: Morgan, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021


North American brush-footed butterfly
(
Red-Spotted Purple Limenitis Astyanax)


Rosy Maple Moth
(Dryocampa rubicunda)
Photo: Elana, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021


Walnut Sphinx Moth
(Amorpha-juglandis)
Photo: Erica, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021


Giant Swallowtail
(Papilio cresphontes)
Photo: Bones, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021

Giant Swallowtail
(Papilio cresphontes)


Imperial Moth
(Eacles imperialism)

Great Egret
(Ardea alba)
Photo: Shaggy, Summer Camp Staffer, July 2021


Scorpion


Photo: Elena, Summer Camp Staffer, July 2021


 


 


 

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (fletchling)
(Polioptila caerulea)
The grayish coloring and long tail, as well as the way it mixes snippets of other birds' repertoires into its own high, nasal songs, have earned it the nickname "Little Mockingbird." Has a little white ring around the eyes. Arrives in TX around Mar. and migrates south by Nov.

Photo: Elana, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021


Pigeon (with feathered feet)
Nickname: Cornelius Strakeus
Lives by the fishing pavilion. 

Plants and Trees


Blue Mistflower
(Conoclinium coelstinum)
Native.* Bright blue or violet flowers attract bees and butterflies. Grows to 3'. Blooms from 
Jul-Oct. and highly regarded as nectar food for migrating monarch butterflies. 


Flat Pea


Pickerelweed
(Pontederia cordate)
Native.* The deep blue flowers on a 6" spike attract butterflies, bees and deer from Jun-Sept. The 3' plant is found around the lake with long, heart-shaped leaves.


American Beautyberry
(Callicarpa americana)
Native.* Birds and deer eat the purple berries that ripen in Sept-Oct.


Purple False Foxglove, Gerardia
(Agalinis purpurea)
Native.* Pink or purple, bell-shaped flowers that bloom from July - Nov. Found in wet or moist soil.


Marsh Blazing Star, Dense Blazing Star
(Liatris spicata)
Native.* Grass-like leaves with showy flower purple clusters that bloom from July - Sept.
Photo: Erica, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021


 


 


 


Photo: Erica, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021

*Native to Texas. Native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees do much more than add beauty to the landscape. Native plants:

           

• Low maintenance
• Conserve water
• Reduce mowing costs
• Survive temperature extremes

• Protect soils
• Clean our air
• Mitigate flooding
• Helps the climate

• Reduce temperatures in urban areas
• Reduce need for fertilizer and pesticides
• Create a healthier place for you, your family and community
• Provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife
Learn how you can help.

  Use the National Wildlife Foundation tool to search by zip code to find plants that host the highest number of butterflies and moths to feed birds and other wildlife where you live. 

Clouds and Scenes


 


 


 


Photo: Phoebe, Summer Camp Staffer, Summer 2021

 

Nature Guides

Camp Strake

The Camp Strake Nature Guide gives brief descriptions of some of the numerous varieties of trees and other plants found along the nature trail. Scouts in troops can work on First Class: #5. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants in your community.

Camp Strake Nature Guide

 

Camp Brosig

See the Brosig Plant Identification Key for the plants/trees tagged at Camp Brosig.

Brosig Plant Identification Key

Scouts in troops can work on First Class: #5. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants in your community.

Cub Scouts can work on Tigers in the Wild #6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Webelos Scouts can work on Into the Woods #1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree; #2. Identify four trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them; #3. Identify four plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose. Cub Scouts can camp at Camp Brosig and Bovay Scout Ranch. 

Outdoor Scouting Skills

Scouts in troops can work on a variety of Scouting skills at camp. Find skills (pages 31-41) across ranks (e.g., nature, camping, fire, map and compass, hiking, knots, swimming, cooking). 

Cub Scout can also work on several adventures at camp (e.g., outdoors and camping; and nature, plants, wildlife, hiking, and conservation).

https://www.samhoustonbsa.org/camp-strake-nature-guide