Tag Archives: pollinators

Photo of the Week – May 8, 2014

In my last post, I mentioned that I didn’t mind having dandelions in my prairies.  Here is a further celebration of this beautiful, tough little plant. While dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are kind of weedy, they are not invasive – at least not in … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – A Few of Anne’s Favorite Bees

Guest Post by Anne Stine, Hubbard Fellow: I just finished a wonderful pollinator work shop with Mike Arduser here at the Platte River Prairies.  Much of this workshop involved catching bees, using a dichotomous key to identify them to genus, … Continue reading

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It’s Bee Week!

Thanks to a return visit by Mike Arduser of the Missouri Department of Conservation, it’s bee week in the Platte River Prairies.  Mike came out to our sites a year ago to help us start thinking about our prairies from the perspective of bees … Continue reading

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Prairies Forever? Collaborative Conservation for Pheasants, Pollinators, and People.

Effective prairie conservation requires a collaborative effort among a wide variety of interests, including ecologists, naturalists, birdwatchers, ranchers, educators, hunters, and others.  Each of these might approach prairie conservation from a different perspective, but they have more in common than … Continue reading

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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

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Bees in a Restored Prairie Landscape – So far, So Good

Mike Arduser has (mostly) finished identifying the bees we found during our insect week in early July this year.  Though the data we collected during that week was just a first step, the early results are very positive.  It appears … Continue reading

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The Great Drought (Again)

A warm and dry winter, followed by a hot dry spring and summer…  Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks at a time…  Wildflowers blooming two to three weeks earlier than normal, and often for much shorter periods than typical…  … Continue reading

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Sunflower Party Time!

Sunflowers are seen by some people as big beautiful flowers, and by others as big ugly weeds.  Regardless of aesthetic opinions, however, sunflowers appear to be pulling their weight, and more, in the ecology of the Nebraska sandhills prairies this year.  … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 3, 2012

Still on the Niobrara Valley Preserve theme today, but not really strongly fire-related this time. No, this isn’t some voracious predator waiting to ambush some hapless pollinator insect…it IS a pollinator insect.  More specifically, it’s a female leaf cutter bee.  … Continue reading

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HOLD STILL!! Photographing Bees for Fun and Frustration

Photography is easy.  All you have to do is invest in a really good camera and be in the right place at the right time.  Or at least that’s what I’m told by people who aren’t photographers.  I always respond that … Continue reading

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