Restoring the prairie, Missouri’s endangered habitat

Restoring the prairie, Missouri’s endangered habitat

You’re walking south along Skinker next to Forest Park. Going past the golf course, you decide to turn into the park. Bordering mowed pathways, sky high grasses grow, and yellow flowers bloom above your head. Bees, bumblebees, butterflies, and beetles flit or crawl around on pink Monarda, black-eyed Susans, yellow flowers and grasses too numerous and varied to name. Insects hum. A goldfinch flies around.

Toward the art museum, the wall of vegetation spreads farther and farther, merging with Kennedy woods. You’ve just walked through Kennedy savanna, one of the city’s most stunning examples of a type of ecosystem that once dominated in Missouri, a tallgrass prairie-savanna.   READ MORE