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Tag Archives: drought
It’s been too long since the initial installment of what was intended to be a regular feature of this blog – the Prairie Word of the Day. Since one blog post does not make a series, I figured I’d better … Continue reading
I drove up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve this week and arrived in time for a long hike before dark on Monday evening. It was the kind of opportunity to wander and think that is critically important (but unfortunately rare) … Continue reading
I got my hands on another batch of timelapse imagery for our Niobrara Valley Preserve last week. I now have images from all nine of the Preserve’s cameras for the 2013 growing season (late April through the middle of October). The … Continue reading
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
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
As we enter a second year of drought in central Nebraska, I’m starting to hear discussions about whether or not it’s a good idea to conduct prescribed fires when conditions are so dry. I have some ideas about this, but am curious … Continue reading
Happy New Year! It sure is nice to start 2013 with some moisture on the ground. Let’s hope we get some more… Ecologically speaking, the biggest local story in 2012 was the dry weather. In fact, our nearest “large” city, Grand Island, Nebraska had … Continue reading
A warm and dry winter, followed by a hot dry spring and summer… Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks at a time… Wildflowers blooming two to three weeks earlier than normal, and often for much shorter periods than typical… … Continue reading