|big bluestem grass and St. Catherine's lace|
Flowers reaching up above your head?
Take a dawn stroll through the Illinois tallgrass prairie.
|even the pollen on big bluestem grass (Andropogon gerardi) is huge|
Fortunately, a number of farm families are preserving areas of tallgrass prairie, sections that were never plowed or only slightly used for agriculture. Some individuals are passing on this heritage by willing parcels of land to conservation groups.
The Jarrett Prairie Reserve and Center in Byron, Illinois, is a shining example of preservation, restoration, and conservation. Here you can experience a taste of tall grass. Listen to it whisper in the breeze and watch it come to life with the animal species that have returned to this oasis of habitat.
|red-headed woodpecker in dawn light|
bald eagle (on the Rock River)
Hear sounds of Illinois
More locations to see wildlife
Wildflowers of southern CA; Santa Cruz Island, CA; Redwoods National Park, CA; Wyoming.
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