How To Bring Back the Prairie, a Tiny Bit at a Time

A former veggie farmer talks “prairie strips” and the effort to bring the prairie back into a Midwestern farm.

Jenny Rogers

Quick and Dirty (Really Dirty) Guide to Bison: Keystone Species Edition

The ways bison graze, poop and wallow touch on everything about the ecology of a prairie. But well, it can be a little messy.

Cara Cannon Byington

Meet the Bison: North America’s Most Famous Mammal

For all their fame, you’d be surprised by how much you don’t know about North America’s largest land mammal.

Justine E. Hausheer

Trapping Tiny Pocket Mice in the Nebraska Prairie

A long-running study at Platte River Prairies preserve looks at the relationships between small mammals and grassland management.

Justine E. Hausheer

Mad Island: Fire Restores Prairie on the Texas Gulf Coast

To restore the prairie, you have to burn it.

Matthew L. Miller

The Camouflaged Looper: This Inchworm Makes Its Own Flower “Costume”

Meet the caterpillar with incredible ability to disguise itself by attaching pieces of plant to its back.

Chris Helzer

A Brighter Future for Attwater’s Prairie Chickens

On the ranchlands of the Texas coastal plain, a partnership is working to protect one of the rarest birds in North America.

Matthew L. Miller

In These Cheatgrass-Infested Hills

How do we approach degraded lands? What role do they play in our conservation conversations? How do we value them? And does it matter?

Matthew L. Miller

Cattle Graze Milkweed As Much As Grasses. Are There Implications for Monarchs?

Most researchers assume cattle avoid milkweed due to toxic compounds. New research finds that cattle graze milkweeds at least as […]

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Did You Know Pronghorns Shed Their Horns? 

Let’s take a look at the extraordinary life of pronghorns, the only animal that sheds its horns.

Matthew L. Miller

A Rancher’s Owls

We crouched down, watching the little owls from a couple feet away. They seemed slightly perturbed but made no move […]

Matthew L. Miller

Cool and Overlooked Critters of the Sagebrush Sea

Move over sage grouse: here are 9 other cool critters of the sagebrush-steppe.

Matthew L. Miller