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Africa’s Mysterious “Fairy Circles” Explained

Fairy circles—circular patches of bare soil surrounded by a ring of grass—have long mystified scientists. Now there’s an answer.

How Cows Could Repair the World: Allan Savory at TED

Herding cattle as though they are part of giant migrating herds could be the key to restoring Earth’s dying grasslands, and trapping the carbon that’s steadily warming the planet.

Rebound, Decline and Reintroduction on the Plains: Grasslands News from January 2013

  IN THIS POST: Wood Bison in Alaska, Text Messages Versus Poachers, South American Tapirs, Linking Prairie Dogs and Grassland Birds, India’s Blackbuck, Biodiversity and Exotic Animals in Europe, Grasslands National Park —  In an effort to increase awareness of grasslands issues and encourage you to fall in love with our world’s prairies, American Prairie Reserve compiles…

Brazil, Australia, India and Beyond: Grasslands News from November 2012

  In an effort to increase awareness of grasslands issues and encourage you to fall in love with our world’s prairies, American Prairie Reserve compiles a news roundup each month. These stories will introduce you to the organizations working to restore this endangered ecosystem, demonstrate the diversity of the plains and showcase the many different approaches…

Top Predator on the Plains: Wolf, Bear or Human?

Looking back in time, who was the top predator of the American prairie ecosystem? Wolves, grizzly bears… humans? As I continue my research of historic wildlife populations in northeastern Montana (read my first post here), it is important to consider how changes in human populations were affecting the ecology of this area. There was a…

Wood bison to be returned to their ancient range in Alaska

More than a century after they were driven from the wild, wood bison, a close relative of plains bison and the largest mammal in North America, are set to make a comeback. If all goes according to plan, the first wood bison could be released into Alaska’s interior as early as 2012. By Jordan Schaul…

“Pleistocene Park” emerges from Patagonia’s rescued grasslands

Conservation biologist Stuart Pimm reports from Patagonia near the tip of South America on how dedicated colleagues are re-wilding former sheep ranches. Their vision is to create a Yosemite-size national park that protects temperate grasslands for indigenous animals and plants. Culpeo fox photograph by Stuart L. Pimm By Stuart L. Pimm Special contributor to NatGeo News Watch Patagonia,…