Years of hard work are paying off at Dunn Ranch and Wah'Kon-Tah Prairies. Grasses wave in the wind, native birds sing, colorful wildflowers scent the air... and in the past year, key native species were returned to both landscapes.
Sixty-two prairie chickens were released at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie this year, the final step in the Missouri Department of Conservation's five-year plan to reestablish the critically endangered bird.
Plans are in place to reintroduce a small silvery minnow, the Topeka Shiner, into streams at Dunn Ranch and Pawnee Prairies next year.
Dunn Ranch Prairie welcomed a herd of 36 bison in October 2011. Eight bison calves were born this spring - including three on Mother's Day!
The first federally endangered species to be reintroduced in Missouri, the American burying beetle is making its new home on Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie. The beetles are known for their grotesque parenting skills.