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Tag Archives: prairie conservation
I know that many of you watched the first two episodes of EARTH A New Wild last week on Public Television, including Episode 2: Plains. I watched as well, and while I was glad for the attention paid to grasslands, I … Continue reading
Trees are great, but trees in and around prairies can negatively impact habitat quality for many grassland plant and animal species and provide points of introduction for invasive species. Encroachment by trees has become a major threat to prairie conservation … Continue reading
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
Prairie management can be complicated, regardless of how big a prairie is. Managing small prairies, however, is especially challenging, and it can be difficult to know how to set appropriate objectives – let alone how to achieve them. Living in … Continue reading
Believe it or not, I really do like birds. (And thus starts another blog post destined to draw the ire of my ornithologist friends…) But here’s the thing. I just read yet another study of grassland birds in which the … Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out why I think prairie conservation is so important. I’m not questioning my conviction – I feel very strongly that prairies are worth my time and effort to conserve – but if I can … Continue reading
No, I’m not saying they do. I’m merely conducting a thought exercise, and inviting you to come along for the ride. …No, really – some of my best friends are botanists! And I’m pretty sure they have a good … Continue reading
I think I first heard the term “calendar prairie” from my friend Bill Whitney of Prairie Plains Resource Institute. He was talking about the mental image many people have of prairies that comes from seeing photographs of grasslands full of … Continue reading
Stick with me – this isn’t as complicated as the title might lead you to believe… I was involved in an interesting discussion a couple weeks ago among some fellow prairie ecologists about what makes a “good prairie”. The discussion … Continue reading