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Tag Archives: fire
We burned a portion of a prairie yesterday. As the fire was winding down, a small strip of grass near the edge was burning itself out and I walked over to play around (safely) with some photography. I’ve always found … Continue reading
Land managers constantly make difficult decisions without really knowing the long-term consequences of their choices. For those of you who aren’t ecologists, here are some important vocabulary terms you’ll need to know for this post. 1. Conservative species – plants or … Continue reading
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
Back in April, I wrote a post about the regrowth after one of our spring prescribed fires. That’s a fun time of year to burn because the growing season is getting started and the response of green plants pushing through the black … Continue reading
Prairies are often defined as plant communities dominated by grasses, sedges, and wildflowers. However, prairies are also home to thousands of animal species, not to mention countless varieties of fungi, bacteria, and other microbes. Animals are just as much part … Continue reading
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know about the big wildfire that swept across The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve back in 2012. One of the results of that fire was the death of almost … Continue reading
Gjerloff Prairie, formerly known as Griffith Prairie, is a beautiful site on steep loess hills adjacent to the Platte River. It’s owned and managed by Prairie Plains Resource Institute, and was burned earlier this spring. I walked around the prairie … Continue reading
Fire and prairies go together like bologna and ketchup. (There is no discussion about that, by the way, it’s just a fact.) It’s always fun to watch prairies green up following a prescribed fire. Plant regrowth is rapid and vigorous, … Continue reading
Do you know what time it is? It’s time for another PRAIRIE WORD OF THE DAY! Today’s Prairie Word of the Day (fine, it’s actually two words) is: Habitat Heterogeneity Heterogeneity is really just a longer word for Diversity, which … Continue reading