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Tag Archives: conservation
There is an awful lot we still don’t understand about prairies (and the rest of the natural world, for that matter). First and foremost, we haven’t even come close to discovering all the species that live in prairies. We have … Continue reading
Pollinator populations are in trouble for a lot of reasons. Loss and degradation of habitat, pesticides, and diseases are all major contributors. However, at least in the Central United States, much of the pollinator decline can be tied to spiny … Continue reading
Trees are great, but trees in and around prairies can negatively impact habitat quality for many grassland plant and animal species and provide points of introduction for invasive species. Encroachment by trees has become a major threat to prairie conservation … Continue reading
Back in August, I posted some questions to readers about what they look for when evaluating their own prairies. I got some excellent responses, which I really appreciated. If you missed them, you can re-read that post and those comments … Continue reading
When I photograph small creatures, I often try to position myself so I can look right into their eyes. I like face-to-face images because they feel very personal. One of the most important catalysts of conservation is the personal connection … Continue reading
Volunteers are a critical part of our stewardship work at the Platte River Prairies. We don’t have a lot of them, but we’ve been lucky to have some great ones. All of our volunteers are appreciated, but we have special … Continue reading
I spotted an upland sandpiper on top of a power pole last week. In central Nebraska, that’s not really noteworthy – upland sandpipers are pretty common across much of the state. They tend to nest in large open grasslands with … Continue reading
I love giving presentations to school kids, but don’t have the time to do it very often. However, when a former intern asked me to come talk to her class, it was hard to say no. As a result, I spent a day … Continue reading