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Categorizing Invasive Plants

Managing invasive plant species is often the greatest challenge faced by land managers.  Because there are so many invasives and so little time, it’s critically important to be thoughtful about how to approach them.  There is much good advice available about … Continue reading

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Sunflowers!

The emotional response you have to this photo will say a lot about your background, experience, and cultural influences. The sandhills of Nebraska consist of nearly 20,000 square miles of prairie.  The scale can be hard to comprehend until you have driven through it for hour … Continue reading

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The Role of County Weed Officials in Prairie Conservation

This week, I’m giving a presentation on the impacts of drought to the 2013 Nebraska Weed Control Association’s Annual Conference – a statewide training session for county weed superintendents.  In some parts of the country, weed control agents and prairie ecologists don’t always see … Continue reading

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Aiding and Abetting Invasive Species

HAPPY (?) NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK It’s bad enough that invasive species are taking over our prairies and other natural areas.  Why do we insist on helping them do it? When my dad was in high school in the … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Control Strategies – Avoiding the Whac-A-Mole Approach

Successfully controlling invasive species may be the most difficult (and important) part of prairie management.  There are few things more frustrating than the realization that, despite your best efforts, there are more (insert your species here) than there were the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Weedy Flowers for Butterflies

In our Platte River Prairies, regal fritillaries and other butterflies appear to depend heavily on a few weedy wildflower species as nectar plants. I was in graduate school when I first started learning to identify butterflies.  I participated in several … Continue reading

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