Tag Archives: Missouri Prairie Foundation

Enjoy the Landscape at the 6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz

Golden Prairie Bio Blitz

6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz June 6 & 7, 2015 Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy a weekend on an original American landscape—the tallgrass prairie—at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s La Petite Gemme Prairie near Bolivar. At this free event, adults and children with enthusiasm for the outdoors team with biologists to explore and document plants and animals from ... Read More »

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

Monarch

America’s most recognizable butterfly — the monarch — is poised to make its long southern migration to Mexico, and many of the beautiful orange, black, and white monarchs should be visible flying across Missouri as fall approaches. While our remaining prairies and other open habitats provide both food sources for the caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for the adults, loss ... Read More »

Grow Native! Keep Missouri Looking Like Missouri

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First Lady Ladybird Johnson once said, “I want Texas to look like Texas, and Vermont to look like Vermont.” The first lady, known for her love of flowers and who has a wildflower research center in Texas named for her, would be proud, I think, of Missouri’s Grow Native! program, which strives to ensure Missouri looks like Missouri. Missouri is ... Read More »

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »