Old Plainsman: Hurdling Drought and Drench

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Old plainsman played its cards well this year. Early spring in Newton County was quite pleasant, with regular rains and warm temperatures. Old plainsman (Hymenopappus scabioseaus) was able to send up its two-foot tall flowering stalk in time to get pollinated by short tonguedContinue reading “Old Plainsman: Hurdling Drought and Drench”

Shedding that Winter Coat

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Just this past week, I just put away all my winter clothes and brought out my summer clothes. Turns out bison are doing the same thing! Our Kankakee Sands bison herd spent the winter on the prairie, with their insulating fur coats keeping themContinue reading “Shedding that Winter Coat”

10 Bison, 1056 Miles, 3 Good Reasons Why

By Alyssa Nyberg Imagine driving a tractor trailer from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota to Kankakee Sands—that’s a whopping 1056 miles–with 10 bison on board. What a long, white-knuckle, 17-hour drive that would be! On Thursday, October 21, ten bison did indeed make that long trip from South Dakota to Kankakee Sands. AContinue reading “10 Bison, 1056 Miles, 3 Good Reasons Why”

Because No One Wants to Read an Article on Non-Native, Invasive Plants

By Alyssa Nyberg Let’s face it, we’d all much rather read an article about our beautiful Indiana prairie wildflowers, butterflies and birds than a depressing article on non-native, invasive plants. Yet as gloomy a subject as it is, invasive plants are actually wildly fascinating and very important to learn about. If we don’t understand theContinue reading “Because No One Wants to Read an Article on Non-Native, Invasive Plants”