Boots On The Ground Conservation


  • Henslow's Sparrow

  • Prairie Enthusiam [sic]


    This documentary short (27 minutes) follows a few prairie enthusiasts on their path toward understanding, managing and protecting prairies and oak savannas in the upper midwest.

  • Why Prairie Matters

  • Managed Bees Harm Wild Bees

    An entomologist at the University of California, Riverside has examined the evidence by analyzing the large body of research done in this area to come to the conclusion that managed bees are spreading diseases to wild bees. "Even in cases when the managed bees do not have a disease, they still stress local wild bees, making them more susceptible to disease."


  • Prairie Remnants

  • Desierto Florid

    atacama desert blooms

    The normally barren, almost Martian landscape of northern Chile's Atacama Desert recently erupted in flowers, painting the hillsides, blue, fuschia, orange and yellow. The almost magical transformation occurred thanks to heavy rains earlier in the year, which watered flower seeds that had lain dormant for years. Many more photos...

  • Southern Plains & Prairies Conference

    This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Native Prairies Association of Texas. Topics include prairie conservation with an emphasis on pollinators and birds, prairie economics and restoration. Several great field trips are planned across the greater Houston area. Topics are aimed at newcomers to prairies, as well as prairie enthusiasts, professional restorationists and educators. Visit the conference website for more information. The conference agenda is here.

  • Those Weedy Tourists

    Managing the pathways by which non-native species are introduced and spread is considered the most effective way of preventing species invasions. Tourism and outdoor recreation involve the frequent congregation of people, vehicles and vessels from geographically diverse areas. They are therefore perceived to be major pathways for the movement of non-native species, and ones that will become increasingly important with the continued growth of these sectors.

    Dipsacus sylvestris plant

    We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the impact of tourism and outdoor recreation on non-native species in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments. Our results provide quantitative evidence that the abundance and richness of non-native species are significantly higher in sites where tourist activities take place than in control sites. The pattern was consistent across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments; across a variety of vectors (e.g. horses, hikers, yachts); and across a range of taxonomic groups. These results highlight the need for widespread biosecurity interventions to prevent the inadvertent introduction of invasive non-native species. Read more...

  • Burn School 101

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