Boots On The Ground Conservation

Our mission is to restore and manage native grasslands.

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Here is some light reading for you while you wait for warmer weather: the 2015 winter edition of the Prairie Promoter is now available, the Timberhill Savanna website is instructive, and then there's these two in-depth reports on the ecology of loess hill prairies and limestone hill prairies.

The 2015 seed collection schedule is now coming together. Starting in July, it will include 40 or more forays into the wild to gather these most important ingredients.

Between now and then we will be busy monitoring and managing natural areas, and preparing to create a few new ones. So, if you want to come out and meet Nature face to face, then...

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Grassland birds abandon sites near wind turbines

In a new study, a group of researchers demonstrate the impact that a wind energy development in Kansas has had on Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido). Read more...and here's a possible solution.

Biodiversity is the Key

Researchers at Cedar Creek looked at 28 years' worth of data on plant growth, number of species, ecosystem stability and exposure to changes in nitrogen, carbon dioxide, fire, grazing and water collected from experimental grassland plots. They found that all of the human-induced changes affected the productivity of the grassland plots, but only those that reduced biodiversity reduced ecosystem stability.

“Basically, we found that any driver of environmental change that will cause a loss of plant diversity will in turn reduce the stable production of plant biomass through time. Biodiversity is somehow a special case, because it’s not only a cause of changes in ecosystems but also a response to other changes.” Read more...