Grasslands

Knott Prairie

Knott Prairie

Knott Prairie is an unplowed tallgrass prairie owned by the Wachiska Audubon Society. Located on the floodplain of the Platte River, the plant community of this prairie is highly influenced by groundwater flows and is home to a number of unique plant species. Haying and prescribed fire are used as management tools at this location.

Return to the Buffalo

Return to the Buffalo

Learn more about the return of Native communities to buffalo and their uniquely deep relationship to one another.

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Mittlestets Meander

Mittlestets Meander

Located on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, this camera captures the winding stream of a branch of the Middle Loup River as it cuts through the Nebraska Sandhills. “Mick’s Slide” is in the back of the frame and is a blowout of sand in the hillside. “Mick’s Slide” has taught UNL researchers much about the geology and evolution of the Nebraska Sandhills, the largest stabilized sand dune region in the hemisphere. This camera is tied to Aaron Middlestet and his team doing research studying streamflow. He is a UNL assistant professor in Biosystems Engineering.

Cottonwood Ranch West

Cottonwood Ranch West

Existing conditions at Cottonwood Ranch grassland–wetland habitat area (August 2017 – April 2018), construction activities associated with development of broad-scale recharge water project facilities (May 2018 – August 2018), after construction conditions at Cottonwood Ranch grassland-wetland habitat with fall through spring operations of recharge facilities which creates an extensive whooping crane/sandhill crane roosting habitat during the fall and spring migrations.

Olive Creek

Olive Creek

The Olive Creek camera is observing a hillside that was burned in an unplanned grassfire in South East Nebraska that spread from Firth nearly to the town of Kramer. This camera is observing the brief green-up before winter’s freeze and the spring/summer growing season as the land recovers and rejuvenates into grassland. Several cedar trees were torched in the burn and this location had been previously mowed. It had not been managed by fire in any recent years.

Bobcat Prairie Experiment

Bobcat Prairie Experiment

This camera observed a tallgrass prairie restoration experiment just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. The experiment compared different seeding methods and management strategies that are commonly used in prairie restorations. The plot on the left was broadcast seeded with a high diversity seed mix. The plot on the right was seeded with a moderate diversity seed mix using a seed drill.

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