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Photo of the Week – January 9, 2014

Earlier this week, I found myself lying on my back in the tight crawlspace beneath a house at our Platte River Prairies, helping our land manager fix a ruptured water line.  For this claustrophobic prairie ecologist, the dark cramped space under that double wide trailer house … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 31, 2013

I started my annual plant community monitoring this week.  That work consists mainly of inventorying the plant species within small sampling plots.  Forcing myself to walk regularly spaced transects and stare at a square meter of prairie at a time … Continue reading

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The Right Metaphor for Prairie Restoration

Prairie restoration can be a powerful tool for grassland conservation, but we’re not taking advantage of its full potential.  Too often, we think and talk about prairie restoration (aka prairie reconstruction) in the wrong way.  Instead of trying to restore … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 19, 2012

And now for something completely different… I feel like I’ve been in kind of a photography rut on this blog lately.  Lots of close-up photos, especially of seeds.  This week was extremely windy, and I didn’t get out and get any new … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – December 23, 2011

Late afternoon light in December can bring beautiful warm color to prairie landscapes, turning drab brown into gold.  I was lucky enough to be in one of our Platte River Prairies this week when the sun finally peeked out from behind the last bank of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – September 23, 2011

Several years ago, Brian Obermeyer of The Nature Conservancy hosted our annual patch-burn grazing working group meeting in the Flint Hills of Kansas.  We stayed overnight at the Flying W ranch, a guest ranch in Chase County, KS.  In the … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Watch

When making management plans for a prairie, it’s a good idea to look over the fence to see what the neighbors are doing.  It’s important to think about how your prairie fits into the landscape, and even more important to think about … Continue reading

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