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Our New Mechanical Seed Harvester

Seed harvest is a big part of our work here at the Platte River Prairies.  We don’t do as much complete restoration (converting cropland to high-diversity prairie) as we used to because we’ve just about run out of land to … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Seed Harvest Musings

A guest post by Anne Stine, one of our Hubbard Fellows: I had a pretty good foundation in forest ecology leaving graduate school, but I’ve really developed my forb and grass ID skills since starting work here in Wood River.  … Continue reading

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The Right Metaphor for Prairie Restoration

Prairie restoration can be a powerful tool for grassland conservation, but we’re not taking advantage of its full potential.  Too often, we think and talk about prairie restoration (aka prairie reconstruction) in the wrong way.  Instead of trying to restore … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 4, 2012

This is the time of year when I get the most satisfaction from harvesting prairie seeds.  Early in the year, seed harvest consists largely of hunting around for little plants hidden here and there in the prairie, and bending low to pluck their seeds.  It’s an … Continue reading

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Innovations and Inventions in Prairie Restoration

One of the great things about people who work on restoring (reconstructing) prairies is that they tend to be good at making things up as they go.  Some say prairie restoration is more art than science.  I actually think there’s plenty of science in restoration, … Continue reading

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Volunteer Opportunities – Platte River Prairies, Nebraska

The following is an unpaid advertisement by The Prairie Ecologist… Need to build experience for a career in conservation?  Looking for a summer get-away that allows you to give back to the world?  Want to increase your knowledge of prairie … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Grassland Restoration Network

I’ve been involved with high-diversity prairie restoration (reconstruction) since I joined The Nature Conservancy in 1997, learning the basics from Bill Whitney at Prairie Plains Resource Institute.   We’ve now planted over 1,500 acres of Platte River cropfields to prairie vegetation, … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest

It’s harvest time!  When our neighbors start filling their combines with corn and soybeans, we know it’s time to harvest grass seed from our prairies too.  This year we don’t have a need for large amounts of seed from tall grasses,  so we’re not … Continue reading

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