Prairie Reality Tour
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Prairie Reality Tour

  • 23096-23998 Manila Rd Cole Camp, MO, 65325 United States (map)
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High stability, diversity and quality are the most important characteristic of fully intact, fully functional natural communities and should always be the primary target of ecosystem health. In order to maintain and/or restore prairies, we must understand how prairies work and the consequences of our actions as expressed in the biota. The misapplication of fire, over-reliance on herbicide, improper grazing regimes, over-harvest of local seed, vehicular trampling, etc. can shift a site away from healthful complexity and toward degradation and destabilization. Conversely, events such as moderate to low intensity fires and minimization of disturbance can improve prairie quality, richness and functionality. This tour of prairies is designed to discuss these issues with examples, and to focus attention on the benefits of a holistic community stability approach.  Though some of the topics will be scientifically rigorous, the tour is designed for anyone from prairie enthusiast or volunteer to fully fledged professional. If you wish to understand the ecological underpinnings of prairie systems in clear terms, based on scientific research and astute observation, this is the tour for you. This one day event will consist of travel between several prairies around Sedalia, Missouri.

Led by: Justin Thomas (Science Director, NatureCITE) and Brett Budach (Research Associate, NatureCITE and Field Botanist, Institute of Botanical Training).

Meet at the main Paintbrush Prairie parking lot at 9:00am on Saturday, June 9th. Paintbrush Prairie is located 11 miles/14 minutes south of the intersection of US-50 and US-65 in Sedalia, MO. To get to the main parking lot, take US-65 south out of Sedalia for the 11 miles then exit left (east) onto Manila Road. The main parking lot will be on the south side of Manila Road and have a large MDC sign in front of it. Do not stop at the smaller parking lot on the north side of the road that you pass shortly after exiting. For easy navigation, enter the following coordinates into any maps app or GPS unit: 38.549532, -93.265197. 

this workshop is free, but requires registration. click here to register.

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Prairie Plant Identification and Ecology
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Prairie Plant Identification and Ecology

  • Milford Lake Nature Center (map)
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Come join NatureCITE botanists for an in-depth introduction to the flora and ecology of the Flint Hills. This four-day workshop will begin with a half day review of common plant terminology and plant families. The rest of the week will be held in the field learning a wide range of plant species in a variety of natural communities with a focus on vegetative characters. We will also discuss current topics in tallgrass prairie management and ecology; some of which may surprise you. This one of a kind workshop will be taught by Jacob Hadle and Justin Thomas who have over 30 years combined botanical experience. Through this workshop you will be able to more easily identify not only the common prairie plants but also difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, legumes, and composites. And we’ll have fun doing it!

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(This workshop is full) Lichen Identification Workshop
May
7
to May 9

(This workshop is full) Lichen Identification Workshop

  • Marguerite Bray Conservation Area (map)
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Join renowned lichenologist/botanist/ecologist Doug Ladd for this three-day intensive workshop on lichen biology, identification, and ecology. The focus of the workshop will be developing an understanding of lichenology and familiarity with the rich lichen biota of the Ozarks. Each day will involve a combination of field and lab sessions, and participants will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of field lichenology and identification, as well as a comprehensive overview of lichen conservation.  Participants should bring a good hand lens and knife for field collecting.  Use of both compound and stereomicroscopes is required; these will be provided for participants who do not bring one (although you may have to share).  All reagents and field and lab supplies will be provided. No previous lichen training or experience is needed, although basic biology/ecology and field experience is helpful.

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