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  Prairie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prairie refers to an area of land in North America of low topographic relief that principally supports grasses and herbs, with few trees, and is generally of a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate.
In Canada, the terms Prairie provinces and the Prairies refer to the western provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, where prairie grasslands and shrubs are abound.
Prairies are considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Prairie   (400 words)

  
 North American Prairie
The prairies are a type of grassland dominated by herbaceous plants and grasses.
The climate of the prairies is influenced by its mid-continental location, and the sheltering effect of the Rocky Mountains.
The soil under a prairie is a dense mat of tangled roots, rhizomes, bulbs, and rootstock.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /prairie.htm   (681 words)

  
 Prairie Dogs - DesertUSA
Prairie Dogs are the most social members of the Squirrel Family and are closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks and marmots.
Prairie Dogs have whitish or buffy patches on the sides of their nose, their upper lips and around their eyes in the form of a ring.
Prairie Dogs' eyes, which are positioned on the sides of the head, appear to be adapted for detecting movement over a wide arc; this allows the detection of predators with greater success.
www.desertusa.com /dec96/du_pdogs.html   (1287 words)

  
 EEK! - What is a Prairie?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Prairies are made up of mostly grasses, sedges (grasslike plants), and other flowering plants called forbs (e.g.
Marsh milkweed and prairie cordgrass are two species of plants common to the wet prairie.
Leaves of prairie plants tend to be long and narrow to prevent overheating.
www.dnr.state.wi.us /org/caer/ce/eek/nature/habitat/whatprai.htm   (349 words)

  
 Prairie Animal Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com
The animals that live in prairies have adapted to a semi-arid, windy environment with few trees or shrubs.
Prairies are located in the interior of North America.
Prairie Chickens are a type of grouse that live in North American grasslands.
www.enchantedlearning.com /biomes/grassland/prairie.shtml   (584 words)

  
 Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
But prairie dogs share little else with their canine namesakes, and they are actually members of the rodent family Sciuridae, which includes ground squirrels and woodchucks.
If a prairie dog spots a predator, she or he will bark a warning, and the rest of the community will scoot into their burrows until the danger has passed.
The denizens of a prairie dog town are split into groups called coteries, which break down into even smaller groups made up of a male, up to four females, and pups.
www.hsus.org /wildlife/a_closer_look_at_wildlife/blacktailed_prairie_dog   (604 words)

  
 TEEE--PRAIRIES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Prairies, as the picture suggests, consist mainly of grasses and wildflowers; few trees or shrubs are found there.
Prairie land makes very good farm land, however, and by the end of the nineteenth century, farmers had plowed and planted much of Illinois' original prairie.
Far-ranging prairie species, such as the bison or fl bear, could never survive in so diminished a habitat, and many species of birds, plants, and insects also require larger patches of prairie in order to survive.
www.chias.org /www/edu/mitc/teeepra1.html   (226 words)

  
 Illinois Prairie Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
With the arrival of the European settlers, the prairie in Illinois was plowed for agriculture, and the trees in the savanna areas were cleared for the planting of crops.
Prairie can be found throughout the state -- in surviving remnants ranging from tiny patches to hundreds of acres, in restoration projects, and in reconstructions.
Periodic burning of a prairie is necessary to stimulate growth of prairie plants and inhibit the growth of alien species.
www.prairiepages.com   (571 words)

  
 Prairie Dogs - National Zoo| FONZ
Prairie dogs have been exterminated because of the perceived competition with grazing cattle and bison for grasses.
This infection is caused by a bacterium transmitted by fleas.
Along with the near-extermination of prairie dogs came the near-extinction of fl-footed ferrets, whose diet is primarily prairie dogs.
nationalzoo.si.edu /animals/northamerica/facts/fact-pdog.cfm   (686 words)

  
 About Midewin: Natural History of Midewin Site
Many species of prairie plants and animals have either disappeared or are in rapid decline due to loss of habitat.
Some preserved parcels of the original prairie are included in the 40,000-acre Prairie Parklands Macrosite -- a constellation of public, private and corporate lands managed to protect diversity -- situated at the confluence of the Des Plaines and Kankakee Rivers, which forms the Illinois River.
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a keystone in that macrosite, adds a large prairie complex that includes dolomite prairies, one of the rarest natural communities in North America, in addition to "grasslands," savanna, wetlands and seeps, upland forests and three streams.
www.fs.fed.us /mntp/natural.htm   (269 words)

  
 Plague and Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs
The fl-tailed prairie dog is unlikely to contribute to the spread of plague in the U. because plague kills nearly all infected prairie dogs within a very short period of time.
Black-tailed prairie dog populations are extinct in Arizona and are much reduced in the southwestern states (New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) near the epicenter for more recent sylvatic plague outbreaks.
Because most fl-tailed prairie dog colonies are already fragmented and reduced in size, they are more vulnerable to further reduction or elimination due to the continued effects of plague, poisoning, and shooting.
mountain-prairie.fws.gov /species/mammals/btprairiedog/plague.htm   (899 words)

  
 Prairie Schooners
Their answer to the problem was dubbed the "Prairie Schooner," a half-sized version of the Conestoga that typically measured 4' wide and 10' to 12' in length.
While Prairie Schooners were specifically built for overland travel, many emigrants instead braved the Oregon Trail in simple farm wagons retrofitted with bonnets.
Farm wagons were typically slightly smaller than Prairie Schooners and not as well sheltered, as their bonnets usually were not cantilevered out at the front and back, but they were quite similar in most other respects.
endoftheoregontrail.org /wagons.html   (1031 words)

  
 Prairie County, Arkansas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prairie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas.
The county has two county seats, Des Arc and De Valls Bluff.
Prairie County was formed on October 25, 1846 and named for the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Prairie_County,_Arkansas   (454 words)

  
 Prairie FAQ
The Prairie is an ecosystem mostly of grasses and forbs (flowering plants) with many other fauna, fungi, the soil, geology, and fire.
As the spruce and pine forests retreated with the colder glacial climate, prairie became established in the warmer, drier climate.
The prairie’s beauty is unrivaled, with the blooms of its’ flowers and grasses changing with each passing season and feeding the senses with a calming aesthetic.
www.iowaprairienetwork.org /FAQ/faq.htm   (659 words)

  
 Prairie:Ecosystems
Prairies are unique ecosystems dominated by grasses and other non-woody plants called forbs.
These ecosystems are the result of the interactions between the precipitation and temperature of a region, the landforms, how quickly water drains from soil, fire, plants, and animals.
A prairie ecosystem includes all the living components-- plants and animals--and all the non-living components-- sun, water, fire, soil, and--nutrients.
www.museum.state.il.us /muslink/prairie/htmls/eco.html   (166 words)

  
 DNR
Located in Grundy County, Goose Lake Prairie is approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago and 1 mile southwest of the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers.
At one time, well over half of Illinois was covered with prairies, earning it the nickname of “The Prairie State.”; Goose Lake Prairie, whose original 240 acres were purchased by the state in 1969 and which now totals 2,537 acres, is the largest remnant of prairie left in Illinois.
Adjacent to Goose Lake Prairie is the 2,000-acre Heidecke Lake, a cooling pond for Midwest Generating’s Collins Station.
dnr.state.il.us /lands/landmgt/parks/i%26m/east/goose/home.htm   (1241 words)

  
 Prairie State Park - Home - Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, MoDNR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The spectacular panoramic vista of Prairie State Park is a sea of grass strewn with the colors of ever-changing wildflowers.
Enjoy the beauty and solitude of the prairie by hiking one of the park’s four trails, which offer excellent opportunities for bird watching, photography and viewing wildlife and wildflowers.
Prairie State Park’s visitor center is designed to enhance the visitor’s “prairie” experience with nature programs, interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits.
www.mostateparks.com /prairie.htm   (314 words)

  
 Save The Kasota Prairie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Kasota Prairie is a ninety-acre portion of the great prairies which covered one third of Minnesota before 1850.
Juniper and oak forest the river side of the prairie, which lies on the bluffs of the Minnesota River Valley in south central Minnesota.
Set aside as a preserved prairie ecosystem in 1984, virgin prairie remains untouched and areas changed by grazing are returning to their natural state through careful management.
www.skp.org   (90 words)

  
 Build-A-Prairie, presented by Bell LIVE!
The prairie is one of North America's great ecosystems and a vital habitat for many plants and animals.
Over 98% of the prairie has been lost in the past 150 years—but some people are trying to bring it back, hectare by hectare.
North America's prairie is divided into the tallgrass ecosystem and shortgrass ecosystem (plus an area in between—the "mixed grass" prairie).
www.bellmuseum.org /distancelearning/prairie/build   (125 words)

  
 Prairie Material Ready Mix Concrete and Building Materials
Prairie Material is the Midwest's largest family-owned and managed producer of ready mix concrete and building materials; with four divisions serving customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Prairie teamed up with McHugh Construction to place a record setting 10-foot thick reinforced mat slab that will be the core foundation for the new Trump International Hotel and Tower.
Prairie Ready Mix is proud to announce the appointment of Jack Gibbons to the position of Director of Quality Control.
www.prairie.com   (180 words)

  
 North American Prairie - Ecoregions - Sierra Club
Club activists are working to preserve the small amount of native prairie that remains, to institute farming practices that will not deplete this fertile land, and to organize the people of the region to ensure its bountiful future.
Before the plow and the cow, the tallgrass prairie dominated the humid east and the shortgrass prairie the arid west, with the mixed-grass prairie in between.
Traditional rural life is on the wane, however, as mechanization and agribusiness consume family farms and the land itself succumbs to shortsighted agricultural practices.
www.sierraclub.org /ecoregions/prairie.asp   (812 words)

  
 Prairies
Prairies are areas where either low total annual rainfall (10-20 inches) or uneven seasonal rainfall favor grasses and herbaceous plants over the growth of trees.
Prairies in North American extend from central Texas to southern Saskatchewan, including most of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, and North Dakota, and parts of other nearby states and provinces.
Once defined by boundless prairie and a myriad of pothole wetlands, this land knows years of drought and years of abundant rainfall; searing dry heat and brutal subzero wind chills; the prairies can erupt in flame and then next season burst forth in a profusion of flowers.
www.42explore.com /prairie.htm   (1410 words)

  
 The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois
Bogue, A.G. From prairie to corn belt: farming on the Illinois and Iowa prairies in the nineteenth century.
Phillips, C.A. Amphibians and reptiles of Illinois prairie habitats.
Prevalence of remnant dependence among the prairie- and savanna-inhabiting insects of the Chicago region.
www.inhs.uiuc.edu /%7Ekenr/prairiebiblio.html   (4323 words)

  
 Save the Prairie Dog
What's more, when prairie dogs suffer, many other animals suffer, too, because (1) prairie dog burrows — even in urban environments — are homes for rabbits, salamanders, snakes, and burrowing owls, to name just a few and (2) prairie dogs serve a vital prey function.
RMAD’s Prairie Wildlife Program mission statement: RMAD protects prairie wildlife primarily by stopping the killing and injury of prairie dogs and the destruction of their homes.
The program focuses on the fl-tailed prairie dog in Colorado and strives to serve as a model for prairie dog advocacy efforts elsewhere.
www.prairiedogs.org   (256 words)

  
 Prairie Journal - Photographs of Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis & Prairie Wildflowers & Skies
Prairie Journal - Photographs of Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis and Prairie Wildflowers and Skies
You might be surprised at the beauty that you can see year round on the prairies of North Dakota (and from just one small location in the state).
Site online as of April 2001 (Prairie Journal features occasional entries of photographs and writings on the prairie - and was a "blog" long before "blogs" became mainstream).
www.prairiejournal.com   (290 words)

  
 Prairie Stewardship Planning Program Prospectus
Grasslands, and especially prairies, have little or no legal protection and are significantly impacted by agricultural market conditions as well as federal/state/local government programs (e.g., federal farm program requirements, technical assistance and cost-share programs).
They range from grazing specialists to prairie ecologists, agronomists to prairie restorationists; and their educational and experience backgrounds are equally varied.
Prairie Stewardship planning assistance is not another a "new and improved" farm conservation planning format or process.
prairie.inet7.com /~pstewardship/prairie_stewardship_planning_pro.htm   (3433 words)

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