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2008-09-24 12:00:19

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Communications Manager, Sarah Bray, +1-713-265-0310, or Cell, +1-832-226-2116, or Fax, +1-713-265-0365, sarah.bray@horizonwind.com, of Horizon Wind Energy, LLC Company Sets Standard with Unprecedented Conservation Efforts in Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Wind Energy, LLC, a leading wind project developer, owner, and operator, signed an agreement today with the Ranchland Trust of Kansas [RTK] and The Nature Conservancy of Kansas...

2008-09-08 00:00:25

By NORB ASCHOM PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - A solar-power project, like one that's never been undertaken before, might be in the works, making Prairie du Chien "a model for other cities." That's what George Anagnost, director of sales for Novan Solar based in Golden, Colo., told the Prairie du Chien City Council Committee of the Whole Tuesday night. He reviewed the work of his company in Colorado, types of technology and financing alternatives. "Eventually, we'd like to hire local technical...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By CHET BROKAW INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the country's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

By Laura Bauer KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will. His recent plea has some wildlife preservationists nodding their heads in agreement but other folks, well, chuckling in their chairs. The theory - espoused by others over the years - is that...

2008-09-01 00:01:35

By The Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) - On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's...

2008-08-24 15:00:00

Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will. His recent plea has some wildlife preservationists nodding their heads in agreement, but other folks are chuckling in their chairs. The theory - espoused by others over the years - is that by burrowing the land above one of the...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com The Nature Conservancy has transferred the 720-acre Chinquapin Bluffs Natural Area in Woodford County and the 60-acre Henline Creek Natural Area in northern McLean County to the ParkLands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas based in Mclean County. ParkLands officials said the Chinquapin will become part of the group's Mackinaw Bluffs Corridor Project to restore about 1,500 acres of habitat...

2008-07-19 06:00:20

By Doug Page Staff Writer UNION -- John Applegate doesn't want any of Union ending up in the Stillwater River. Toward that end, the Union native and longtime city manager has been paring away at the city's discharges from its sewage treatment plant. From 1967 through the 1990s, the city bought up river bottom land. Initially, it was used for the city well fields as well as for crops. Eight to nine years ago, the city shifted from row crops to prairie grass. "We went to grass to bring back...

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2008-07-17 06:00:00

By Danny Valentine For 18 years, Tom Dickerson has roamed his 9-acre Sarpy County prairie, notebook in hand, scribbling down the names of more than 100 plant species while delicately avoiding legions of ground hornets. He has documented more than 60 types of flowering plants alone, including his personal favorite, the bright orange butterfly milkweed and even the threatened western prairie fringed orchid. Like the threatened orchid, this prairie itself is rare -- virgin tall-grass prairie...

2008-07-06 12:00:14

The low, booming sounds produced by greater prairie chicken cocks accounts for the common reference to their leks as "booming grounds." ... On a quiet spring morning, these sounds can carry as much as two miles across the open prairie, serving as an audible beacon to prairie chicken hens. - Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Web site, www.kdwp.state.ks.us By Jan Biles THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL MANHATTAN - Kansas State University biologist/researcher Robert Robel believes prairie...


Latest Prairie Reference Libraries

Central tall grasslands
2013-04-19 18:16:33

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different...

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Aspen Parkland
2013-04-18 22:46:28

Aspen parkland is a reference to a very large area of transitional biome between prairie and boreal forest in two sections; the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta that crosses the border into British Columbia, and a much larger area stretching from central Alberta, all across central Saskatchewan to south-central Manitoba near the US border. Aspen parkland is made up of groves of aspen poplars and spruce interspersed with areas of prairie grasslands, also intersected by large stream...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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2006-12-12 14:39:19

The prairie dog (Cynomys) is a small, burrowing rodent native to the grasslands of North America. This stout-bodied rodent will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including its short tail. They are found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States, prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River. They have also been introduced into a few eastern locales. Biology and behavior The highly social prairie dogs live in large...

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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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