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Regal Fritillary Butterflies in Burned and Grazed Prairie

We’ve been conducting field surveys of regal fritillary butterflies for the last three years.  During that time, we’ve learned a lot about how those butterflies are responding our prairie management and restoration work.  So far, there are two overwhelming lessons … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 21, 2011

Spring is the time for early wildflowers, cool rain showers, and northward-migrating birds.  It’s also the time during which smooth brome and other invasive cool-season grasses get their annual jump on the competition. Suppressing invasive grasses and allowing native grasses and forbs … Continue reading

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Cascading Impacts from Prairie Management – Fire, Cows, Mice, and Prairie Clover

Several years ago, I was walking through one of our restored (reconstructed) prairies in early August, scouting for prairie clover seed harvest sites with one my technicians.  About a week earlier, we’d seen an abundance of prairie clover blooming in … Continue reading

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