Wildlife Ecology Final Project
By: Nichole Moody
Prairie Conservation Field Trip - Peru, IA
INHF is reseeding the land to native prairie which will help greatly to increase the open habitat of Kuehn Conservation Area and create ideal space for grassland-loving birds and wildlife. The transition from cropland to prairie benefits the water quality of the Raccoon River, the water source for Des Moines Water works and the Des Moines Metropolitan Area.
INHF Stand Points
What do you think is most impactful for prairie native species within Kuehn addition? - INHF Stand Point
What do you think is most impactful for prairie native species within Kuehn addition?
The biggest and best thing we can do for native prairie is to let it thrive. Unfortunately, a lot of prairie is displaced by other non-native species or other brush (such as trees and shrubs) taking over the area. This is caused by a lack of natural processes that occurred prior to settlement, such as fire and unintroduced non-native species. In order for us to let prairie thrive, we need to start incorporating the natural management that took place before settlement, by introducing fire to a native prairie again and removing the unwanted/undesirable species (tree, shrubs, etc.). Eventually the areas that once had prairie (as long as the originally seed is still present and the area wasn’t farmed, sprayed or paved), prairie will begin to take back its place.
Human Help or Ecological Succession Within 50 Acre Addition - INHF Stand Point
Is it better to have human intervention, or no human intervention to protect and sustain biodiversity and why? - INHF Stand Point
My Argument - Ecological Succession vs. Human Help & Ecological Succession
We have changed the land so much from what it use to be, that if we just allowed it to grow without any help, it wouldn't really do that well without some type of help. I get that there might be parts that would do a good job of growing native plant life without human help, but there are parts that will just grow out of control if it wasn't helped by human hands.
When doing a conservation project, I feel that there is no way to do the project without some type of human contact. Just because there's not really any way to get the land back to it's former glory without human help. Especially if we have the resources to make the conservation project available in the first place, especially if we can make it happen faster. Instead of making it happen over years, we could make it happen in just a few months.