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Addendum to “An Attempt at Prairie Reconstruction” While a typical prairie reconstruction in tallgrass regions generally involves more or less a hands-off approach for the first few years, followed by a burn during the 3rd or 4th year, I took the unconventional route of mowing the second year prairie down to bare soil just before […]
As a backyard prairie begins its second birthday, I anxiously await warming soil temperatures that will signal the growth of what has established and what arrives and germinates in the bare inter-spaces first. I have hope against the dreaded invasive Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), as its runners have thinned severely and rooted less along the total […]
As spring wildflowers begin their annual show across Texas, it would be helpful for all of us to be on the lookout for Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), the latest exotic invasive arrival in the Lone Star State. I wrote last year that Spotted Knapweed has never been found in Texas before and now it is […]
In Texas the beloved and common indicator of springtime’s arrival is the Bluebonnet. The wildflower is also the hallmark of spring road trips in the state. There are six species of these members of the genus Lupine in the state and all are considered to be the state flower (state law also grants that any […]
In the days of the old prairie, its perennial members reveled in dormancy and cast their seeds with a starry eye and a mind full of hope toward the next vernal season. Returning each growing season only from seed, those with a monocarpic life cycle, such as the obligate annuals, have no rooted memory of […]
In the summer of this year, Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), for the first time ever, has become the latest exotic member of the flora of Texas. Its seeds arrived as a contaminant of a wild harvest originating in the Central or Northern Great Plains, which was purchased by a Texas-based seed dealer. This introduction has […]
While browsing through this great presentation about disturbance ecology in the wonderful post-eruption ecosystem of Mt. St. Helens, I came across this comic strip from Peanuts, featuring Peppermint Patty and Marcie. Enjoy!
The Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration has made available the presentations from the 2014 joint conference (TXSER and SW Chapter). They can be found here. Be aware that some of these PDF files are large and may take awhile to load. There are also many photos from the conference on the TXSER […]
In the northwest corner of Brewster County, a six hundred acre terrestrial behemoth of the southern Davis Mountains rises some 500 feet up out of the aeons old semi-desert basin, creating a sentinel landmark for travelers, a place of hiking and botanical explorations, wildlife viewing, and scenic ogling.