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In springtime, the prairies of Missouri explode with reds, oranges and yellows as Indian paintbrush blooms.

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"Back Cover" for the July 2001 Missouri Conservationist.

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Image of an American burying beetle

Beetles, Chickens, Cows and Quail

Seemingly unrelated critters share a special prairie landscape in Southwest Missouri.

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blackeyed susan

blackeyed susan

Colorful wildflowers bloom on Missouri’s prairies in June, attracting bugs, birds and photographers. Here, a ladybug crawls on a blackeyed Susan.

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Purple Coneflower on Prairie

coneflower on prairie

Colorful wildflowers bloom on Missouri’s prairies in June, attracting bugs, birds and photographers. Here, purple prairie coneflowers blow in the wind.

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downy painted cup

downy painted cup

The downy painted cup is one flower that, in Missouri, only grows at the Loess Hill Prairie. It is related to the more common Indian paintbrush, which has bright red blooms.

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Steve Bubeck examines lavender blooms of locoweed

For unique views and wildflowers, climb a loess hill prairie

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Unusual wildflowers are blooming at the Brickyard Hill Conservation Area in Atchison County.

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Grassroots Works for Grasslands

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Protecting valuable prairie lands and the creatures that live on them.

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Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display

Greater Prairie-Chicken

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This rare bird breeds in select grasslands in the spring, filling the air with their unusual booming calls. With their numbers dwindling, prairie-chickens need strong conservation support.

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Photo of female greater prairie-chicken

Greater Prairie-Chicken Female

Although female prairie-chickens incubate their eggs for 3 weeks, and the chicks stay with their mothers for 8–10 weeks before the brood breaks up, brood survival is very low. Without substantial increases in suitable habitat, prairie-chickens, which once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in our state, will likely soon be extirpated. Prairie conservation is the key to their survival.

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