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Burning For Good Reasons

At the Platte River Prairies, we conduct prescribed burns for various purposes.  Some fires are intended to kill eastern red cedar trees or to suppress cool-season invasive grasses.  Other fires are aimed at removing thatch and old vegetative growth – … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – March 24, 2017

Below are two photos of a creek and associated wetlands taken by a timelapse camera.  The first photo was taken in early June, 2015 and the second photo was taken about a month later.  Looking just at those two photos, … Continue reading

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Save the Date – Grassland Restoration Network July 11-12, 2017

The Grassland Restoration Network is a loose affiliation of people trying to use prairie restoration (reconstruction) as a way to rebuild, conserve and sustain grassland ecosystems.  Each year, we put on a workshop to share ideas, techniques, research results, and stories with other.  Workshops are hosted by … Continue reading

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Pill Bug Mystery

Last November, we conducted a prescribed burn at a 3-year old restored prairie.  Two weeks later, I was surprised to be able to photograph green regrowth in that area.  Last week, I revisited the same burned area and got yet another … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Post – Eric’s Great Plains Tourism Proposal

This post was written by Eric Chien, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  I hope you’ll read and respond to his ideas about a different kind of tourism in the Great Plains.  (Also, please don’t forget to fill out our blog … Continue reading

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A Prairie Ecologist Survey – Please Help!

I need a favor. I spend quite a bit of time working on this blog each week, but in some ways publishing blog posts is like tossing text and photos into a void.  To help me better understand who is … Continue reading

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Quick Field Day Note

The forecast calls for a 50% chance of rain for our Field Day tomorrow.  We’re not scared. If it rains hard, or if there’s lightning, we’ve got plenty of room in the house and the shop down the hill to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – July 7, 2016

I bet you won’t be surprised to learn that this particular grasshopper feeds primarily on this particular plant… The coloring of the cudweed grasshopper (Hypochlora alba – aka sagebrush grasshopper, greenish-white grasshopper, mugwort grasshopper) could not be more perfect as … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 22, 2016

Carolina anemone, aka windflower (Anemone caroliniana), is one of my favorite spring wildflowers.  Like many early bloomers, it’s beautiful but inconspicuous.  Despite its gorgeous flower color(s), it can be really hard to see unless you’re within a few feet of … Continue reading

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Prairie Word of the Day: Shifting Mosaic of Habitat

  A couple weeks ago, I led a discussion between 30 or 40 ecologists and grassland managers from The Nature Conservancy’s Central United States Division.  During that discussion, we reached a consensus that creating a “shifting mosaic of habitats” was … Continue reading

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