Join us for a tour of through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve to learn how butterflies, bison and prescribed fire work together to benefit the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
Added bonus: This time of year, there are lots of bison calves frolicking around on the prairie!
We will begin the day with a caravan from the south end of the preserve towards the Visitor Center, making stops along the way to see the effect of late summer prescribed burn patches on milkweed and how bison and butterflies interact with these areas. Have no fear of the Oklahoma heat, the A/C in your car will keep you cool in between stops.
Our final destination will be a byofpl (bring your own favorite picnic lunch) at the research facility where we will join a panel of experts to discuss what these prescribed burns are teaching us. Panel members include:
- Bob Hamilton, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Director
- Dr. Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist Xerces Society and NRCS Partner Biologist
- Shelly Wiggam, Popenoe Fellow, Dept. of Entomology Kansas State University
- Kristen Baum, Okahoma State University
Bring all your butterfly, bison and burn questions for these experienced Oklahoma biologists to answer. Don't foreget to grab those binoculars!
Attendance is limited, and registration is required.