Tag Archives: grassland

Patches of Fire and Habitat

It’s been a difficult year for conducting prescribed fires so far – the wind seems to be blowing even harder and more consistently than in recent memory.  And that’s saying something, living in the Great Plains. A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 10, 2014

I’m a terrible birder.  I used to be pretty good, but I’ve kind of lost my motivation – there are too many other things to look at when I’m out in the field. Last Friday, I was at the annual Prairie … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – First Burn of the Season

It’s burn season on the Platte and our team is foaming at the mouth to get some fire on the ground. Prescribed fire is completely dependent on suitable weather conditions, so almost every day we wake up hopeful to burn, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – March 27, 2014

Prairies are underappreciated by much of the general public, even in states and provinces where prairies are (or were) the dominant landform.  They’re often seen as boring, drab, weedy, or otherwise uninteresting.  One of my goals in life is to … Continue reading

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A Primer on Soil Microbes – An Interview with Sarah Hargreaves

Most of us who work in prairies think mostly about what we see aboveground.  I guess that’s understandable, but to ignore the complex and critical functioning of the soil and its inhabitants is to ignore much of what really drives grassland … Continue reading

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Who Was That Nice Man?

I usually feel pretty good about being a prairie ecologist and the contributions I make to the world.  But, to be completely honest – and you’ll probably find this surprising – I don’t often find opportunities to use my professional … Continue reading

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Assessing Prairie Restoration Through the Eyes of Small Mammals – Part 1

We’ve taken another step in the right direction… Over the last several years, we’ve begun to evaluate our prairie restoration work beyond just looking at plant communities.  Our primary objective for restoration is to functionally enlarge and reconnect fragmented remnant (unplowed) prairies by restoring the land … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 16, 2014

Here’s a photograph I took a couple years ago while hiking at Griffith Prairie - a site north of Aurora, Nebraska that’s owned and managed by the Prairie Plains Resource Institute. I like the image, in part, because it shows what that evening … Continue reading

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Embracing Unpredictability in Prairie Management

Much of what determines the outcome of prairie management treatments is out of our control.  Sure, we can decide when to burn a prairie or set the timing and stocking rate for grazing treatments, but cascades of interactions between countless factors such as weather, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – December 26, 2013

Last week, I went out to our family prairie to pick up a pile of old steel fence posts.  As I began loading the posts into my truck, I noticed a few deer mice scurrying for cover.  Although the pile had only been … Continue reading

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