If you’re a fan of prairies, you were probably first drawn to them by either plants or birds. There are exceptions, of course, but those seem to be the two most common paths. For me, it was both. I discovered prairies first as an underappreciated community of plants and then dove into research on grassland […]Through The Eyes of Others — The Prairie Ecologist
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Thank you for this post. Prairies are crucial to the health of North America’s overall ecology, and are not appreciated at the level with which they deserve! I’m a horticulturist who grows many grasses native to our tall and short grass prairies, and I see first-hand the value they bring to the wildlife of my area.
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I’ve long admired the prairie grasslands of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Black-footed ferrets and burrowing owls are particular favourites, but so too are gophers, bison and the multitude of birds that call prairie grasslands home. It’s heartbreaking to know that we’ve lost a lot of ecological ground to industry and residential development across Canada and the US.