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Tag Archives: patch-burn grazing
Curious about patch-burn grazing? Want to get together with other grassland enthusiasts, ranchers, researchers, and wildlife managers and talk about a variety of ways to manage for diverse wildlife habitats and plant communities? The annual Patch-Burn Grazing Meeting might just … Continue reading
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
A Guest Post from Anne Stine, one of our Hubbard Fellows: First impressions: Patch-burn Grazing in Short Grass Steppe vs. Mixed Grass Prairie Our Platte River Prairies here in south central Nebraska are lovely, flowery pastures, but I needed to … Continue reading
Lessons From a Project to Improve Prairie Quality – Part 1: Patch-Burn Grazing, Plant Diversity, and Butterflies
We recently completed a large multi-year restoration and management project at our Platte River Prairies. Our specific objectives were to improve habitat quality for various at-risk prairie species and evaluate the impacts of our management on at-risk butterflies – particularly … Continue reading
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
It’s awfully frustrating when I fail to solve a puzzle – especially when all the information I need is right in front of me. As an ecologist, I’m supposed to be good at this sort of thing. Ecologists, after all, study the interactions … Continue reading
What’s more impressive in a prairie than a bull bison? Standing over 6 feet tall at the shoulder, and weighing up to 2000 lbs or more, they can inspire awe, fear, and hope all at once. While truly massive, bison are … Continue reading
If you read this blog frequently, you know I manage many of our prairies with combinations of prescribed fire and grazing. I like the heterogeneous habitat structure I get from patch-burn grazing, and have documented benefits to plant diversity in our prairies. (I’ve … Continue reading
It’s a great time to hike the trails at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies! Regal fritillaries are out in force, along with a number of other butterfly and insect species, and big wildflower season has begun, with many of … Continue reading
This is Part 2 of a two part series on ecological resilience in prairies. In Part 1, I interviewed Dr. Craig Allen about the basic definition of ecological resilience and then wrote about the relevance and application or resilience to prairie … Continue reading