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Tag Archives: monitoring
This is one of my favorite times of year. It’s not the cool temperatures, the fall colors, or even the fall migrations of birds and insects coming through. Instead, I like this time of year because it’s time to figure … Continue reading
A couple months ago, I wrote a post asking you how you evaluate your prairies as you walk around them. I appreciated the thoughtful responses you shared. This week, I’ll be facilitating a discussion on the same topic at the … Continue reading
The most challenging aspect of prairie management may be evaluating what’s happening on the land and what to do about it. What should you focus on as you walk around a prairie? Which plant species can tell you the most … Continue reading
I pay close attention as I walk through prairies. I watch for tracks to see what animals are around and I notice which flowers are blooming and which insects are feeding on them. Often, I notice changes in prairie plant communities and try to attribute them to our management treatments, weather … Continue reading
Most of you are familiar with the wildfire that affected our Niobrara Valley Preserve this summer. Well, we’re still trying to regain our footing after that event. A great deal of time and money has already been spent on rebuilding … Continue reading
One of the most powerful tools of a prairie manager is a field notebook. There’s no substitute for recording observations and ideas as they happen. Memories can fade, but notes don’t (as long as you don’t drop them in a … Continue reading
This is a follow-up to last week’s post on using prairie restoration to enlarge and reconnect remnant prairies. In this week’s post, I present a case study of a remnant sand prairie and an adjacent prairie restoration, and give thoughts … Continue reading
This week, I’ll be attending the annual Tallgrass Prairie Seminar in southeastern Nebraska. The meeting is organized by Kent Pfeiffer (Northern Prairies Land Trust) and other staff of the Tallgrass Prairie Partnership office in Beatrice. One of the best things … Continue reading