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Friends of Nachusa Grasslands
Science Program Challenge Campaign 2018

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In early July 2018, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands kicked off a Science Program Fundraising Challenge via social media. Friends has been offered a generous 1:1 match if we raise $20,000 designated for Science Grants at Nachusa Grasslands by December 31, 2018. To date, we have achieved about 60% of our target.
Our Science Challenge Campaign will continue until we reach our $20,000 goal.
Science Challenge Introduction with Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Vice President Mike Saxton and Nachusa Researchers
In the last 8 years, Friends has awarded $124,000 to 43 different scientists from 11 universities to conduct research at Nachusa Grasslands.
Generous support has allowed for the study of bison impacts on soil microbial communities, grassland bird nesting success, small mammal abundance, bee diversity, dung beetle populations, stream water quality and many other facets of this interconnected landscape.
Videos by Greg Baker highlighting 4 of the 15
research projects that Friends helped fund this year
Dr. Richard King
Northern Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
“Development and Implementation of Blanding's Turtle Management Strategies within the Franklin Creek Corridor” 
Nathalie Baena-Bejarano
Catherine Dana

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
Illinois Natural History Survey
PhD graduate students
“Documenting Rare and Habitat-Specific Orthopterans and True Bugs in the Nachusa Grasslands” 
 
Sheryl Hosler
Northern Illinois University
​Master's Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences

“Dung Beetle Functional Traits Related to Restoration Management Practices in Tallgrass Prairies”
Katie Wenzell
Northwestern University and
Chicago Botanic Garden
​PhD student in Plant Biology and Conservation

 “Low Pollination of State-Endangered Downy Paintbrush: A Problem for Restored Prairies or for Illinois?
We invite you to share in the discovery, to collaborate with the land, to be a part of something bigger by supporting the researchers who each year learn and discover fascinating surprises about our shared heritage – the prairies, woodlands, and wetlands of Nachusa Grasslands.
See Science Program Fundraising Challenge for more information.
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