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Tag Archives: research
There is an awful lot we still don’t understand about prairies (and the rest of the natural world, for that matter). First and foremost, we haven’t even come close to discovering all the species that live in prairies. We have … Continue reading
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
How important is plant diversity in restored prairies? Are diverse prairies more resistant to drought and invasive species than less diverse prairies? How does plant diversity influence invertebrate communities and their ecological functions? These kinds of questions have been the focus … Continue reading
This post was written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our Hubbard Fellows. Jasmine has written earlier about her independent research project looking at small mammals (or s’mammals, as she calls them) in our Platte River Prairies. All photos are by Jasmine … 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
A couple years ago, I wrote about some work from Kansas State University related to woody plant expansion in prairies. Many of us who work with prairies constantly wrestle with questions about trees in prairies. Why are they encroaching so … Continue reading
Last week, several of us from the Platte River Prairies traveled south to visit the Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan Kansas. Konza Prairie includes about 8,600 acres of prairie, jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy. … Continue reading
We’ve taken another step in the right direction… Over the last several years, we’ve begun to evaluate our prairie restoration work beyond just looking at plant communities. Our primary objective for restoration is to functionally enlarge and reconnect fragmented remnant (unplowed) prairies by restoring the land … Continue reading
Among some prairie enthusiasts, there seems to be a perception that plains bison are magical creatures that live in complete harmony with the prairie. They eat grasses but not wildflowers, they float just above the ground to avoid stepping on plants or … 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