World Book Encyclopedia:
General encyclopedia articles on prairies
Keywords: Rain shadow, prairie, prairie indigenous animals, grasslands
URL: http://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar443300&st=prairie

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Prairie Potholes
Discusses the formation of the prairies during the ice age, and how the depletion of the wetlands areas within the prairie threatens the ecosystem.
URL: http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SIL2220-0-2675&artno=0000009607&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=prairie%20formation&title=Prairie%20Potholes&res=Y&ren=N&gov=N&lnk=N&ic=N

Ecosystem Management: Following the Mapmaker
This article discusses the effects of land formations and climate on the creation of ecosystems.  The emphasis is on mapping ecosystems using geologic, and climate relationships in order to track the health of the ecosystem.
URL: http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SIL2220-0-2675&artno=0000009608&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=prairie%20formation&title=Ecosystem%20Management%3A%20Following%20the%20Mapmaker&res=Y&ren=N&gov=N&lnk=N&ic=N

The Plains’ Great Mirage
This article explores the value of the prairie lands, and what is being done to protect its further depletion.
URL: http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SIL2220-0-2675&artno=0000014401&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=natural%20prairie%20remaining&title=The%20Plains%27%20Great%20Mirage&res=Y&ren=N&gov=N&lnk=N&ic=N

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Rain Follows the Plow
An article that contemplates the climate change that followed the land rush and subsequent repurposing of the prairie as cultivatable land.
URL:http://www.historystudycenter.com/search/displayHistoricalDocItemById.do?fromPage=toc&fromPage=toc&ItemID=heehell0000971&PubID=heetoc_default&QueryName=historicalDoc&RecordID=heehell0000971

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Use Basic Search.
Topic: Prairie Conservation, Prarie Ecology, Prairie Plants, and Prairie Restoration
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Some Useful Sites
The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois
Here is a well-rounded, well-researched site about grasslands which students will find interesting. Did you know that grasslands provide about seventy percent of the world's food? Find out what a prairie is, where they are, how they were formed and settled, and what plants they have. Other topics include how to landscape with prairie plants, how a prairie can be restored and what biodiversity is. Although this site is about Illinois, the Prairie State, it has a good deal of general information about grasslands.
Topic: Grassland ecology; Prairie ecology; Prairie plants; Prairies
URL: http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/tallgrass.html

Prairie Ecosystems
This web page provided by the state museum of Illinois provides information about the interdependency of ecosystems in the Illinois prairie. A brief description is provided of the prairies of Illinois at the time the European settlers arrived. Links are provided to separate web pages featuring color photographs and information about several different animals. Animals included in these links are the bison, elk, prairie vole, badger, Franklin's ground squirrel, and others. Links on the left side of the page provide transport to similar information about birds, insects, reptiles, and other parts of the ecosystem. Great information!
Topic: Prairie animals; Prairie ecology; Prairie plants
URL: http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/prairie/htmls/eco_mammals.html

Flora and Fauna
The Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas, provides this web site about the flora and fauna of the Great Plains. Lengthy descriptions of the plains and their location in the United States are provided. A colored map of the United States provides colored sections denoting short grass, tall grass and mixed prairies. A list of mammals, birds, reptiles, and others, sighted in Kansas, is provided with links to information and color photographs of each animal. Did you know that there have been eighty-seven species of mammals sighted in Kansas? This is a sample of the wonderful information provided at this web site.
Topic: Prairie animals; Prairie ecology; Prairie plants
URL: http://www.gpnc.org/floraof.htm

Northern Tallgrass Prairie
The Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge offers this collection of online resources that explain the history and ecological characteristics of North American prairie environments. Beginning with the section of "Bountiful Resources," a detailed field guide with descriptions of the wildlife, fish, prairie grasses and other plants, including agricultural crops; there is also a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page with information on efforts to preserve and maintain the natural habitat, and "Prairie Links" to additional information on the Internet.
Topic: Habitat conservation; Prairie ecology; Prairie plants
URL: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/NorthernTallgrassPrairie/

U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Division of Conservation Planning. Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge HPA Environmental Impact Statement Summary.
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/northerntallgrass/

The Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion: A River and Stream Conservation Portfolio
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/minnesota/files/ntpe_portfolio_main.pdf

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