Boots On The Ground Conservation


  • North Dakota Native Wildflowers

    JPG -- species photo

    For the past 15 years, Northern Prairie biologist Harold A. Kantrud has written a series of articles about native wildflowers of the North Dakota grasslands. The articles appear weekly in local newspapers and are published during the week each species is expected to bloom. The articles appeal to a wide audience of professionals and nature enthusiasts.

    Each article is three to four paragraphs in length and usually consists of the life history of the species, its identifying traits, where in North Dakota one can expect to find it, and its nomenclatural history.

    You can find them all here.

  • 8th International Oak Society Conference 2015

    The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois will host the next International Oak Society Conference October 18 through 21 of 2015. The meeting will be particularly meaningful, as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of the IOS, which held the inaugural meeting at the Arboretum in 1994.

  • Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance

    Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance (SIOSA) is a non profit organization involved in the preservation and conservation of Iowa’s oak savanna, oak woodland and prairie ecosystem.

    SIOSA’s mission is to promote community awareness and restore public and private lands to re-establish the oak savanna landscape that once dominated the countryside more than 50 years ago. Organized in 2004, SIOSA continues to work in partnership with the public, multiple federal agencies, and conservation authorities to secure funds to enhance Iowa’s natural landscape.

  • Woodland Restoration

    Unmanaged woodland with dense understory


    Managed woodland on the Timberhill side of the fence


    Not nearly enought said.

  • Sunshine Acre

    With good reason, Carl Sandburg called the Illinois tall grass prairie “The Grand Prairie”. Sandburg did so because of the incredible landscape that the prairie has given to Illinois, known as “The Prairie State”. Do you recall the first time you saw a prairie?

    The first time you saw Big Blue and Indian Grass rolling across the terrain like waves on the ocean? Stood on a hillside looking across the prairie as you heard the songbirds and bees providing a recital with sounds of nature?

    The Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE) has a desire to give those who have never seen the prairie in all its splendor the opportunity to set eyes on the “Grand Prairie” that Sandburg so often made reference to in his writings.

    NIPE also continues to look for ways to engage the public at large with our conservation efforts. The restoration and maintenance of the prairie requires the efforts of volunteers to take on the physical tasks of work needed to protect and refurbish the prairie.

  • The Mysteries of the Driftless Area

    On Saturday, February 21, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society is sponsoring a showing of the short feature, "Mysteries of the Driftless." The film portrays a team of movie-making scientists who kayak, spelunk, hike, climb bluffs, and hop a plane to experience the geological "mysteries" of the Upper Mississippi Driftless Area. The film credits TPE for contributing to its production.

    Tim Jacobson, the film's executive producer, will introduce the film. Later, University of Dubuque geologist Dale Easley and JDCF Executive Director Steve Barg will join Jacobson for a discussion of how you might experience these "mysteries" in the tri-state area.

    Location: Galena Territory Association Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, IL. There is a large parking lot which is kept free of snow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by 9 p.m. Popcorn, cookies and coffee will be served, and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

    For more on the Driftless Area, check out Untamed Science.

  • Monarch Plan Backfies

    Year-round tropical milkweed can tempt monarchs not to migrate to Mexico and increase their risk of parasitic infection.

    It started with the best of intentions. When evidence emerged that monarch butterflies were in trouble people across the country took action, planting milkweed in their own gardens. But many planted the wrong species of milkweed, thereby increasing the odds of monarchs becoming infected with a crippling parasite. Read more...

    [Ed: When it comes to Nature, good intentions are not enough...not nearly enough.]

  • A Prairie Crane Fly.

    A crane fly on indiangrass at Lincoln Creek Prairie - Aurora, Nebraska.

    Crane flies are one of many groups of insects that are widespread and diverse, but almost completely unknown to most of us. The photo above is – I think – of a female tiger crane fly (Nephrotoma ferruginea based upon a search of the fantastic website According to a what I found at this link, the larvae of this species hang out in the soil and eat decaying plants and roots. Crane flies are common in prairies, but also easy to find in many other habitats.

  • Fighting America's Invasive Plants

    Brian Knox

    Typically, chemicals and/or machinery are used to clear away fast-growing invasive plants, but both methods have their drawbacks. Chemicals can contaminate soil and are not effective in stopping new seeds from sprouting. Pulling plants out by machine can disturb the soil and cause erosion. Goats, however, have many advantages. Read more...

  • Agalinus and Tomanthera

    Small-flowered false foxglove blooming in low prairie.

    Small-flowered false foxglove blooming in low prairie.

    Small-flowered false-foxglove (Agalinis paupercula), an annual, is a common species in SE Wisconsin. It occurs, sometimes in great abundance, on stream banks, in fens, and in low prairies. It favors the conditions created after fires or in areas that otherwise have sparse vegetation. There's more. Much more...