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grassland in the Flint Hills
2014-08-04 02:00:31

Greg Tammen, Kansas State University Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie and, in fact, may have multiple benefits. The study was conducted by Gene Towne, research associate and the Konza Prairie Biological Station fire chief, and Joseph...

2014-05-01 23:03:02

This fall, as America’s Tallgrass Prairies reach their height of growth, a team of expert guides for Naturalist Journeys, a top rated birding and wildlife company, plan to ignite enthusiasm for one of America’s unique ecoregions— the Tallgrass Prairie— as they lead an exciting and educational eco-tour. Ed and Sil Pembleton once again team up with Naturalist Journeys to promote signature biodiversity of America by offering a Fall tour to Kansas, America’s Heartland. Wichita, KS...

2013-11-12 23:28:17

More than 300 species of birds live on protected KPC lands in far West Houston. Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 Katy Prairie Conservancy’s (KPC) diverse preserve system – home to more than 300 different types of birds – has earned designation as a Global Important Bird Area (IBA). Long known as a birding hotspot among Gulf Coast birders and naturalists, Katy Prairie Conservancy’s 20,000 acres of protected lands are home to several species of global conservation concern....

Demise Of Tallgrass Prairies Was Due To Extremely Fertile Soil
2013-11-01 07:11:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They have all but disappeared, but America's once-abundant tallgrass prairies were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds of roaming bison. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) has gotten a peek at a vitally important, yet rarely studied community of those tallgrass prairies. The study, published in Science,...

2008-10-10 15:00:15

By DENVER NICKS Tour the Tallgrass Prarie Preserve. tulsaworld.com/photos Colombians visit Pawhuska to learn how to save their own lands. PAWHUSKA -- Two hundred years ago, bison herds of unfathomable immensity thundered across the tallgrass prairie as it stretched uninterrupted throughout central North America. The ecosystem that supported them has nearly disappeared. This month, a group of activists from Colombia visited one of the last vestiges of this landscape, in northern...

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...

2008-06-27 06:02:33

By Kevin Giles, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jun. 27--A Washington County nature preserve that is restoring native prairie will add a bison herd to help teach people about Minnesota's heritage during the state's sesquicentennial this year. About 20 yearling bison will be released Saturday on 220 acres bordering Afton and West Lakeland Township, said Steve Hobbs, executive director of Belwin, a nonprofit organization. "Bison are as much a part of the prairies as grasses and wildflowers,"...

2007-02-20 21:00:20

By Mike Michaelson When pioneers rolled their creaking covered wagons westward, land occupied by present-day Indiana was virgin prairie - more than 2 million acres of it, with stands of lush bluestem grass growing 10 feet tall. It was an incredibly diverse ecosystem, teeming with birds and wildlife that included prairie chickens, bison and elk and humming with busy insects pollinating wildflowers that bloomed in bright and delicate shades of yellow, white, pink, blue and purple. Over...


Latest Tallgrass prairie Reference Libraries

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...

Flint Hills
2013-04-19 14:38:33

The Flint Hills, known historically as Bluestern Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, are a group of hills located in eastern Kansas reaching into north central Oklahoma, extending from Marshall County and Washington County in Kansas in the north to Cowley County, Kansas and Osage and Kay counties in Oklahoma towards the south. The people of Oklahoma usually refer to the same geologic formation as the Osage Hills or “The Osage”. The Flint Hills are designated as a unique ecoregion due to it...

2013-04-18 23:10:55

The Texas Blackland Prairies are a temperate grassland ecoregion that is located in Texas that stretches roughly from the Red River in North Texas to San Antonio in the south. This area covers an area of 19,400 square miles, consisting of a main belt of 17,000 square miles and two islands of tall grass prairie grasslands located southeast of the main blackland prairie belt; both the main belt and the islands stretch northeast/southwest. It hosts many different eco-regional organisms....

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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