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imageThe Prairie Enthusiasts will hold our 27th Annual Prairie Conference & Banquet on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The conference, held close to the Marquette County boyhood home of John Muir, will focus on  connections, as in:

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” --John Muir, 1911

The conference will be hosted by the Prairie Sands Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts.

Conference highlights include a distinguished set of speakers and panelists, six concurrent sessions on prairie/savanna management, a silent auction, a photo contest, and a growing list of chapter and vendor displays. And, of special note, Mike O’Connor will demonstrate his latest ‘Cool New Gadget’ – a pint-sized version of his larger drone used to document restoration projects. This on-site aerial demonstration in the 250-seat auditorium will dramatically show how the drone is used to record photographs and videos.
Check out the conference website where you'll find all the details including registration information. The deadline for Registration is March 10, 2015.

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Does Plant Diversity Matter?

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How important is plant diversity in restored prairies? Are diverse prairies more resistant to drought and invasive species? How does plant diversity influence invertebrate communities?

The plots above, from left to right, were planted to a monoculture (big bluestem), a low diversity mixture (mostly grasses and a few late season wildflowers) and a high diversity mixture (100 plant species).  TNC is investigating the functional differences between these kinds of plant communities. The plots are 3/4 acre and represent varying levels of plant diversity. Researchers from the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, the University of Illinois, and Simpson College have been involved in data collection efforts so far.

Stay tuned.