Content tagged with "prairie"

Back Cover

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"Back Cover" for the July 2001 Missouri Conservationist. More

Beetles, Chickens, Cows and Quail

Image of an American burying beetle
Seemingly unrelated critters share a special prairie landscape in Southwest Missouri. More

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. More

coneflower on prairie

Purple 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. More

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. More

For unique views and wildflowers, climb a loess hill prairie

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Steve Bubeck examines lavender blooms of locoweed
Unusual wildflowers are blooming at the Brickyard Hill Conservation Area in Atchison County. More

Grassroots Works for Grasslands

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

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display
Tympanuchus cupido
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. More

Greater Prairie-Chicken Female

Photo of female greater prairie-chicken
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. More

Greater Prairie-Chicken Male

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken
Adult prairie-chickens are barred with brown, tan, and rust throughout and are about the size of a small domestic chicken. The tail is short and rounded at the tip. There are tufts of long feathers on the sides of the neck; these tufts are longer in males. Orange air sacs and eyebrows are conspicuous on males in the spring. More