trigger a camera trap set up on the prairie at TNC's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
American bison trigger a camera trap set up on the prairie at TNC's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. © Morgan Heim

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Butterflies, Bison & Burns

Oklahoma

We hosted this event last summer and it was such a success, we’re doing it again!

Join us on Saturday, June 8 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
  • John Fisher, Butterfly & Moth Specialist Volunteer, The Nature Conservancy

Bring all your butterfly, bison and burn questions for these experienced Oklahoma biologists to answer.

Attendance is limited, and registration is required.

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Sign up today to learn and see the relationship between butterflies, bison and prescribed burns.