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Photo of the Week – July 14, 2017

We had a great time at the Grassland Restoration Network meeting at Konza Prairie this week.  The long-term research going on there is phenomenal, and we were blissfully overwhelmed with knowledge and data about prairie ecology.  I will try to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 18, 2016

There is an unmistakable look to late summer prairies, and that look is YELLOW.  Sunflowers, goldenrods, and Silphiums (compass plant, cup plant, rosinweed) are all front and center this time of year.  The visual dominance of yellow flowers is obvious … Continue reading

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Wanna Know What Really Makes A Sunflower Lose its Head?

Nearly-decapitated sunflower heads, scattered across the prairie.  Oh, the devastation!  Who could be carrying out such an evil plan? (Ok, more accurately, a weevil plan?) The head-clipping weevil, aka the Silphium weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus) is a small dark-colored weevil, less … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 21, 2013

Can you identify this prominent tallgrass prairie plant? . . Here’s another photo of the same species.  More of you should be able to identify it now. . Stumped? It’s compass plant (Silphium laciniatum).  Here’s a summer photo from Missouri.

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Photo of the Week – August 12, 2011

As the sun neared the horizon during my evening prairie walk in Missouri last week (see last week’s Photo of the Week post) I had to be more selective about what I tried to photograph.  The low light intensity and the light … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 4, 2011

I just returned from a great week in southwestern Missouri.  The Missouri Department of Conservation invited me to come down and participate in a grassland workshop, and I was happy for an excuse to return to some prairies I’d last visited … Continue reading

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