Bladderwort flowering in muck
Sara Giles/USFWS

Watch your step, there is a predator nearby. As long as you are not aquatic larvae, you should be safe. Look to the east and see if you can spot a small yellow flower in the water or muck, not to be confused with the yellow water lily. The inconspicuous flower you are seeing is called bladderwort, a carnivorous plant. It gets its name from its traps, or bladders shown below, that suck in prey and the surrounding water when tiny hairs near its opening are touched. Where nutrients are poor, this provides the plant with nitrogen and phosphorous.

Take a look past the bladderwort on the right hand side of the trail and see if you can spot a beaver lodge.

Closer view of bladderwort bladders
Sara Giles/USFWS