The meeting will include presentations, a tour of the Hashknife Ranch, an optional tour of the Z-bar Ranch, and a tandem equipment expo. This meeting is a good fit for producers, grassland ecologists, researchers, graduate students, fire ecologists, and the general public interested in the interactions of fire and grazing with plants, wildlife, soils, and more.
WHAT: Prairie Grouse Technical Council Meeting WHEN: September 22-24, 2015 WHERE: Nevada, MO LINK
WHAT: Microrhyze and Fire Webinar; presented by Alice Tipton WHEN: October 6, 2015; 12-1 pm (CST) No registration required. LINK
WHAT: Fall Burning Field Day WHEN: October 13, 2015 WHERE: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City, KS
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WHAT: Sericea lespedeza and Fire Webinar; presented by KC Olson WHEN: December 1, 2015; 2:30-3:30 p.m. (CST) No registration required. LINK
WHAT: Juniper Pollen Webinar; presented by Estelle Levetin WHEN: December 8, 2015; 2:30-3:30 pm (CST) No registration required.LINK
WHAT: 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands WHEN: December 13-16, 2015 WHERE: Grapevine, TX The GPFSE will host a symposium on Prescribed Burn Associations at this meeting. Don't miss it!LINK
Fire Science Roundup
We've summarized a suite of regionally applicable fire science for you. We encourage you to send us citations or papers to include in our next Roundup. Here's an example summary:
Roberts, A. J., C. W. Boal, D. B. Wester, S. Rideout-Hanzak, and H. A. Whitlaw. 2012. Grassland bird community response to large wildfires. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:24-30.
Species-specific shifts, associated with life-history traits and vegetation preferences, were observed in many of the avian communities following wildfire. Species that prefer sparse vegetation on short-grass sites benefited from fires, whereas species preferring more dense vegetation were negatively impacted. Avian communities appeared to return to pre-burn levels within three years.
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We have a full schedule of meetings and webinars this fall. We look forward to seeing many of you in person as we provide field tours and presentations in Pratt KS, San Antonio TX, Corpus Christi TX, Diamond MO, Nevada MO, and more.