We started in the stunning autumn grasses by getting familiar with tallgrass prairie – few of the members had experienced it before. In October, as the sun took on a yellow-tinted glow, we spent one day collecting seeds and another day hosting a nature walk and campfire event for members’ families.
As the austere Nebraskan winter set in, our club was undaunted.Great Backyard Bird Count.
In May and June, our club’s conservation efforts culminated in an aquatic planting day and an upland prairie planting day. In an area that previously supported mostly undesirable plant species, we planted over 60 different chosen species; many of these were seedlings that we had started in January.
Our year-long program ends with a community-event to which members can invite as many people as they like. After a year of experiencing and learning about the prairie, members will have a chance to share the prairie with family and friends. We are eager to have this community-based interest in prairie take root like bluestem and blossom like the sunflowers!