NEBRASKAland July 2018

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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JULY 2018 • NEBRASKAland 33 ABOVE: A prairie rose (Rosa arkansana) flowers near a lichen-encrusted bison skull in the bison pasture on The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve in Brown County. This rose graces prairies statewide. RIGHT: The sun sets on a patch of plains sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris) on the Niobrara Valley Preserve. This sand-loving annual can be prolific on dunes recently disturbed by fire or heavy grazing. Sharp-tailed grouse, rodents and other wildlife cherish its seeds. H aving suffered little from farming, judiciously grazed, and growing on droughty soils resistant to non-native plants, the region's flora has remained near pristine. The Sandhills is home to nearly 700 native plant species. This includes wildflowers whose blooms dapple the grassy dunes in varied colors from mid-April into October, but summer is the peak of floral display. ■

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