PLC Research Series
By Prairie Learning Center
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This video series is intended to take viewers into the prairie with researchers from local universities as they study the prairie. Numerous researchers visit the refuge each year, examining topics from soil hydrology to the Regal Frittilary to bison dung. These short videos should pique the interest of all citizen scientists. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a reconstructed tallgrass prairie, oak savanna and sedge meadow located east of Des Moines near Prairie City. With over 5,000 acres, the refuge offers ample opportunities for researchers, students and the public to learn about these endangered ecosystems.
|1||VideoExamining Vegetation Near Wallows||Researchers Johanna Foster and Kimran Buckholz from Wartburg College conduct vegetation transects near bison wallows. Conducting transects can be tedious business. Researchers must comb a confined area to identify every plant species in that area--rega||3/17/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoIn Search of Bison Dung||Researchers Johanna Foster and Kimran Buckholz from Wartburg College examine bison dung at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Bison tend to separate themselves into two distinct groups: a bachelor group, consisting of older males, and a family group,||3/17/2011||Free||View In iTunes|