FRANKLIN GROVE – Friends of Nachusa Grasslands’ Research program is seeking donations to assist with scientific endeavors at the Grasslands, which has been offered a $20,0000 matching challenge grant.
The program supports research to study bison impacts on soil microbial communities, grassland bird nesting success, small mammal abundance, bee diversity, dung beetle populations, stream water quality and many other facets of the prairie.
Rare species, such as endangered Blanding’s turtles, threatened ornate box turtles, endangered downy yellow painted cup and federally-endangered prairie bush clover, have been studied with help from the program.
More than $124,000 has been awarded to 43 different researchers from 11 universities to conduct research at the Grasslands in the last 8 years.
Go to nachusagrasslands.org/science-challenge-2018 to make credit or debit card donations.
Contributions by check can be made out to Friends of Nachusa Grasslands and mailed to 8772 S. Lowden Road, Franklin Grove, IL, 61031.