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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Prairie Phenology

Prairie Phenology

is run by the

Konza Environmental Education Program, Konza Prairie Biological Station

Open the KEEP website



Observations taken each year at the same place over a long period of time are valuable for showing phenological trends. The Konza Environmental Education Program (KEEP) began recording phenological events at Konza Prairie several years ago, and those observations are posted on the KEEP website. “What’s Blooming?” lists the procession of native plant species in bloom, and “Who’s Here?” lists the first sightings of the most common birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects that migrate, hibernate or otherwise appear on the landscape after an absence. A phenology database is available for each of the animal groups and also for plants that are commonly found on Konza Prairie in Kansas. These lists are not exhaustive but represent those plants and animals easily observed or abundant. The data added by volunteers and students becomes part of a long-term data set to show trends and relationships among plants or animals across Kansas. Phenology of the tallgrass prairie is observed by volunteers annually for the last eight yeas for the plant community and for the last five years for animals.


Open the KEEP website

Open the What's Blooming? website

Open the Who's Here? website



Topic - prairie, ecology, phenology

Audience - K-12, mixed and adults

Location - Konza Prairie Biological Station

Goals - education, research, conservation



Dr. Valerie F. Wright, Director, Konza Environmental Education Program  email Valerie

  785 587 0381

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