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Photo of the Week – June 25, 2015

It’s black-eyed susan season! How can I not photograph these flowers?  I have more than enough black-eyed susan flowers in my photo files, but they’re just so STRIKING!  After returning from our Texas vacation, I spent much of Monday scouting … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 12, 2015

While I was doing some vegetation monitoring in a native hay meadow this morning, I found a bobolink nest. If you’re not familiar with grassland nesting birds, the idea of building a nest right on the ground might seem pretty silly … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 4, 2015

This week, we began the third year of our Hubbard Fellowship program here in Nebraska.  Evan Barrientos (Wisconsin) and Kim Tri (Minnesota) are both recent college graduates who will be spending the next year with us, learning all we can … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 28, 2015

One difference between using cattle grazing and other grassland management options like fire or mowing is that cattle have brains.  They can decide where they want to go (within our fences) and what they want to eat, and their behavior … Continue reading

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Ants in the Sun

A couple weeks ago, I was broadcasting seeds across a prairie we’d recently burned.  The sun had just popped out after several days of cool rainy weather, and its warmth felt pretty good.  As I crisscrossed the burned area, I … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 15, 2015

Killdeer are really cute when they’re young. Have a great weekend.

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A Visual Illustration of Plant Diversity’s Importance

Last week, I took some photos that powerfully demonstrate the importance of plant diversity. Several years ago, we created some research plots to help us learn more about how plant diversity interacts with ecosystem function.  As you can see above, the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 24, 2015

The aesthetic values of prairie are more subtle than those in many other ecosystems.  There is much beauty to be found, but you sometimes have to look for it – it doesn’t often rise up and slap you in the … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Time to Burn?

As I mentioned last week, prescribed fire can help meet many prairie management objectives.  It’s important, however, to match the timing of the burn to those objectives in order to avoid conducting a fire that is either unproductive or counterproductive.  … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 17, 2015

We are behind on our burn schedule this year.  The weather hasn’t been great for carrying out safe and effective burns, so we’ve only gotten a few done.  Our prescribed fires are always part of broader management plans, often including … Continue reading

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