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Tag Archives: prairie management
Do you know what time it is? It’s time for another PRAIRIE WORD OF THE DAY! Today’s Prairie Word of the Day (fine, it’s actually two words) is: Habitat Heterogeneity Heterogeneity is really just a longer word for Diversity, which … Continue reading
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
This post is written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our Hubbard Fellows. I Like Big Tractors and I Cannot Lie I think I’ve had unacknowledged tractor-envy for a while. Growing up in the suburbs, the biggest piece of “machinery” I … Continue reading
“A Land Ethic” is the concluding essay in Aldo Leopold’s 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, and is the most powerful and relevant piece of conservation writing I’ve ever read. Leopold’s essay spells out the changes we need to make in … Continue reading
It’s wrong to assume that successful restoration or management tactics from one prairie will work in another. Instead, every prairie has its own “personality” and responds accordingly. The key to success is experimentation and adaptive management. Bill Kleiman is one … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I wrote about our trip to the Konza Prairie Biological Station in eastern Kansas. On that trip, we learned about research results showing that frequent spring fires (one or two year frequency) can prevent encroachment of … 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
Much of what determines the outcome of prairie management treatments is out of our control. Sure, we can decide when to burn a prairie or set the timing and stocking rate for grazing treatments, but cascades of interactions between countless factors such as weather, … Continue reading
It took me a long time to decide to write a book on prairie management. One of my worries was that I was learning a tremendous amount each year, and a book captures a moment in time. One of the reasons … Continue reading
Guest Post by Anne Stine, one of our 2013-14 Hubbard Fellows: When one considers that the weed-whacker is the modern incarnation of the scythe, Konstantin Levin’s ecstatic enlightenment while cutting wheat with his peasant tenants in Anna Karenina comes across … Continue reading