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Tag Archives: pollinators
Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata) is very pretty, for a weed. It’s an annual plant that grows in disturbed areas like road edges and around livestock watering tanks. In that sense, many people would call it a weed. However, … Continue reading
Because conservation work can sometimes seem like blowing into the wind, it’s important to pause periodically to celebrate progress. For example, I am really excited about what has been accomplished in the field of prairie restoration. We’ve known for a … Continue reading
Pollinator populations are in trouble for a lot of reasons. Loss and degradation of habitat, pesticides, and diseases are all major contributors. However, at least in the Central United States, much of the pollinator decline can be tied to spiny … Continue reading
Upright yellow coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), aka Mexican hat, is blooming all over the Platte River Prairies right now. As with most showy flowers, the coneflowers are crawling with insects of many kinds. I spent a fun half hour (31 minutes, … Continue reading
In my last post, I mentioned that I didn’t mind having dandelions in my prairies. Here is a further celebration of this beautiful, tough little plant. While dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are kind of weedy, they are not invasive – at least not in … Continue reading
Guest Post by Anne Stine, Hubbard Fellow: I just finished a wonderful pollinator work shop with Mike Arduser here at the Platte River Prairies. Much of this workshop involved catching bees, using a dichotomous key to identify them to genus, … Continue reading
Thanks to a return visit by Mike Arduser of the Missouri Department of Conservation, it’s bee week in the Platte River Prairies. Mike came out to our sites a year ago to help us start thinking about our prairies from the perspective of bees … Continue reading
Effective prairie conservation requires a collaborative effort among a wide variety of interests, including ecologists, naturalists, birdwatchers, ranchers, educators, hunters, and others. Each of these might approach prairie conservation from a different perspective, but they have more in common than … Continue reading
Lessons From a Project to Improve Prairie Quality – Part 1: Patch-Burn Grazing, Plant Diversity, and Butterflies
We recently completed a large multi-year restoration and management project at our Platte River Prairies. Our specific objectives were to improve habitat quality for various at-risk prairie species and evaluate the impacts of our management on at-risk butterflies – particularly … Continue reading