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Sphinx, hummingbird, or hawk moth on native thistle today, mid-morning.
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Going old school. Derek's cleaning sideoats grama.with old Clipper Cleaner 2B air screen cleaner at the Tallgrass Prairie Center.
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A 100' row of swamp milkweed in flower at the Center, one of 12 seed production plots of five milkweed species, from this year's seedling transplants...and two monarchs fighting over it!
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Tallgrass Prairie Center updated their cover photo.
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Our second seminar in the Restoration & Management series is coming up next Thursday, and we couldn't be more excited! CCES Restoration Ecologist and Panther Alumna Amy Husveth, along with Principal Ecologist Jason Husveth, will talk about how their firm has been using the Exceptional Natural Resource Value provisions of the Wetland Conservation Act to develop wetland mitigation banking credits in Minnesota. Please plan to join us!

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Thu 4:00 PM CSTTallgrass Prairie CenterCedar Falls, IA
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Learn more about the American Prairies Conservation Act

The American Prairies Conservation Act will preserve grasslands by limiting crop insurance premium subsidies on newly broken native sod.
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Thank you to those who submitted pictures for the IRVM story map, an online resource for the public to learn more about IRVM and find out where IRVM plantings are across the state. The story map is now available here on the Tallgrass Prairie Center website, https://univnortherniowa.maps.arcgis.com/…/MapJ…/index.html…

IRVM Story Map showing the benefits, history, and present state of prairie land across Iowa.
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It's a busy week here at the TPC! We'll be at IACCBE WINTERFEST and then hosting our first seminar in the 2018 series on Thursday afternoon. Hope to see you at one of these events!

Please join us as Kristine Nemec presents "Creating the Case for Habitat in Rights-of-Way." In her talk, Nemec will discuss the use of a decision support tool that addresses the benefits and barriers of pollinator habitat in utility and transportation rights-of-way.

Nemec manages the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program, which is in its 30th year at UNI. Nemec is also an active participant of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, which is facilitated by the Energy Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

*This event was originally scheduled for 1-11-18 but due to inclement weather re-scheduled to 1-25-18.

This beautiful "story of flowers" animation (no words, just music) is a perfect general introduction to botany and plant appreciation. https://youtu.be/vDpFyHmt0AE

AMKK Presents: Botanical animation "Story of Flowers" The animation was developed for kids to show the life cycle of flowers. -Story- Many different flowers ...
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Due to weather-related road conditions, we are postponing today's seminar. We will announce a new date soon. Stay safe out there!

The first of four Restoration and Management seminars this spring, held at the Tallgrass Prairie Center on Thursdays at 4 pm. A great mix of university and community members attend these seminars, which are geared toward a general audience.

Happy New Year! 2018 is underway and we are excited about our upcoming seminar that makes the case for pollinator habitat in utility and transportation rights-of-way. Please plan to join us on the 11th!

Tallgrass Prairie Center updated their cover photo.
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Three LEGO league teams visited the TPC this fall and got excited about the power of prairie roots to soak up rainfall and filter nutrients. The result: a delightful website, and creative projects about the water cycle. These kids are amazing, and hat's off to their adult leaders. https://sites.google.com/uni.edu/roots/home

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Students in Laura Jackson's Environment, Technology and Society classes collected seed from prairies on the UNI campus, learned how to clean them, and created over 1500 small seed packets for the TPC to give away. If you visit our display booth at a conference, pick up a free seed packet!

Planting prairie can help reverse the damage and recapture some of this lost carbon.

Government incentives were aimed at greenhouse gases, but corn sprawl set off major emissions, UW-Madison research suggests.
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The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, which the Tallgrass Prairie Center belongs to, is looking for rural landowners who want to help monarchs by providing monarch habitat. If you are a landowner who has planted monarch habitat on roadsides or on your farmland with strips of prairie and are willing to provide habitat planting and maintenance tips for other landowners, or if you are a landowner who wants to learn how to get started with planting and maintaining monarch habitat, please contact Kristine Nemec for roadside habitat (kristine.nemec@uni.edu, 319-273-2813) and Ashley Kittle for farmland habitat (ashley.kittle@uni.edu, 319-273-3828).

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