Tag Archives: wildflower

Longhorns on the Prairie

One of the great things about prairies – and nature in general – is that there is way more to discover than I’ll ever have time for.  Especially within the world of invertebrates, there is no shortage of species to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 22, 2014

Last weekend, I took advantage of a beautiful evening and went for a hike at Griffith Prairie, a site north of town owned and managed by Prairie Plains Resource Institute.  It was mostly cloudy, but I was banking on the clouds thinning before … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 10, 2014

I’m a terrible birder.  I used to be pretty good, but I’ve kind of lost my motivation – there are too many other things to look at when I’m out in the field. Last Friday, I was at the annual Prairie … Continue reading

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Who Was That Nice Man?

I usually feel pretty good about being a prairie ecologist and the contributions I make to the world.  But, to be completely honest – and you’ll probably find this surprising – I don’t often find opportunities to use my professional … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Night

Not many plants wait for the sun to go down before they open their flowers… Like other evening primroses, Missouri evening primrose blooms overnight rather than during the day.  The plants can produce multiple flowers, which open at about sunset, but each individual … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – September 6, 2013

Here are three photos from the last couple weeks that didn’t fit into any particular story or theme.  Each is from a different prairie, and each was the result of a quick opportunistic stop in the midst of doing something else.  The pitcher sage photo … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 8, 2013

A little more than a week ago, I took a walk through one of the restored wetlands here in the Platte River Prairies, enjoying the abundance of wildflowers and other life.  Here are a few photos from that walk.  You … Continue reading

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Prairie Response to Grazing and Drought

Fire, grazing, and drought are the three dominant forces that shape(d) our prairies over time.  Because of the drought we experienced last year, many of our prairies experienced all three of those forces in the same season.  We manage most of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 7, 2013

Prairies demonstrate their resilience regularly, but usually in a fairly subtle way.  They tend to adjust their plant composition after fire, grazing, or drought in ways you might not notice unless you were a botanist.  Once in while, however, prairies take it to the next level and … Continue reading

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Ragwort – Prettier (and More Valuable) than its Name Might Suggest

One of my favorite spring flowers is prairie ragwort (Senecio plattensis, aka Packera plattensis).  Its bright yellow flowers add welcome color to prairies every May, especially when it appears in high numbers.  We always try to harvest as much seed … Continue reading

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