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Introduction

You've decided to apply for a summer job as student assistant at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees and volunteers have been working on thousands of acres at the refuge to revive plants, insects, birds and animals that thrived on Iowa's southern plains centuries ago. The staff is trying to re-create what the prairie looked like in the 1830s before there were farms and cities in Iowa.

Click to see the Monarch butterfly!The U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist is looking for a student assistant who searches, reads and understands information quickly. The first step of the interview process is a prairie scavenger hunt.


Directions

Working with a partner, read each question about the tallgrass prairie. Review the list of websites below and select those where you think you might find the answer. You will need to read carefully to find the answer.

Number a word processing document from 1 to 8 and record your answers.

Useful Tip: If you are using Netscape, under the "File" Menu, select "New Window" and move it to the right of your screen so that you can look at the questions while you are searching for information.


Questions

  1. Why is plant diversity important to the ecosystem of a tallgrass prairie?
  2. How does plant dominance affect the tallgrass prairie?
  3. Why are bison significant in the history of tall grass prairies?
  4. Why have the number of prairie dogs and bison diminished over the years and how has this affected other wildlife?
  5. How did fires renew the tallgrass prairie?
  6. What's the importance of the enormous root system of some prairie plants?
  7. Why are controlled burns an important part of prairie conservation efforts today?
  8. How can you make a difference with prairie conservation efforts?


Internet Resources

Click to see the Yellow Star Grass!The Vanishing Prairie

Plants on the Prairie

Animals on the Prairie

Prairie Grass Management

    Prairie Preservation

 

 
   
  For Students:
Quick Facts Scavenger Hunt A Prairie Problem
Build A Prairie Who Was Albert Lea? History Detective
Mystery Photo Albert's Great Adventure
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