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13 07, 2022

Prairie Restoration Blog: Richardson’s Ground Squirrels – Pests or Helpful Heroes in Disguise?

July 13th, 2022|Community, News, STMU Stories|

If you have been on the StMU campus recently, you may have noticed many small rodents inhabiting the grounds. These cute creatures are Richardson’s ground squirrels, a species that is often labeled as a pest, but that has an important function in prairie ecosystems. Through their burrowing, Richardson’s ground squirrels increase water penetration in the [...]

7 07, 2022

Prairie restoration: How is it done?

July 7th, 2022|News, News and Events, STMU Stories|

After our last post on prairie restoration and why it is important, we thought it would be helpful to let the StMU community know exactly what we are doing to restore the patch of land we have selected on campus. The land we are working on, because of its location on a slope, is a [...]

21 06, 2022

First steps in Prairie Restoration at St. Mary’s University

June 21st, 2022|Community, Featured Articles, News, News and Events, STMU Stories, StMU Stories|

Prairies are landscapes dominated by grasses, flowering plants & some shrubs. See the above image for a view of remnant prairie in Fish Creek PP. There are several species of grasses – note the differences in leaf colour - some are bluer than others. There are also several species of flowering plants – creamy heads [...]

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