Tallgrass Prairie Center

Pollinator Habitat Evaluation Project

With funding from the RJ Carver Charitable Trust and USDA-Farm Services Agency, UNI Biology undergraduate students are surveying pollinator habitat created by farmers through the Conservation Reserve Program. They measure vegetation, and survey bees and butterflies, to assess the overall quality of the plantings, and provide a report to the landowner.  Data will be used in a larger research project for the USDA Farm Services Agency, to help improve the CRP program nationwide.  Below are photos  from summer 2017.  Click here for a list of helpful wildflower guides. 

Michael Lashbrook learns to identify prairie plants

Student Michael Lashbrook learns to identify prairie plants during Botany Boot Camp, May 2017.

Students take notes while volunteer Bruce Stiles gives them a tour of his property.

Students take notes while UNI alum Bruce Stiles gives them a tour of his property.  

Bruce Stiles telling stories about native plants

Bruce Stiles telling stories about native plants

Professor Steve O'Kane showing students how to use a plant press

Professor Steve O'Kane showing students how to use a plant press

Professors Mark Myers and Ai Wen supervise students on a UNI campus prairie survey

Professor  Ai Wen supervise students on a UNI campus prairie survey

students take a lunch break while surveying pollinator habitat near Cedar Rapids

Students take a lunch break while surveying pollinator habitat near Cedar Rapids

Sampling vegetation on a 96-degree day.

Summarizing data at the TPC with Dr. Wen and Dr. Myers

Summarizing data at the TPC with Dr. Wen and Dr. Myers

Data analysis - Seven of the nine students conducted an independent research project

Data analysis - Seven of the nine students conducted an independent research project analyzing part of the data.

Attending a Prairie on Farms field day at Nashua Research Farm

L to R: Gabrielle, Kate, Kylie, MJ and Alec attending a Prairie on Farms field day at Nashua Research Farm

Critiquing draft posters

Critiquing drafts of their posters 

The Summer Undergraduate Research poster session.  Gabrielle Brown with Dr. Mark Myers

The Summer Undergraduate Research poster session.  Gabrielle Brown with Dr. Mark Myers