Sites and projects
Holland Sand Prairie
The Holland Sand Prairie is a 61 acre floodplain terrace sand prairie. The Coulee Region partners with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie to manage this site. For more details, see the site page for Holland Sand Prairie.
Sugar Creek Bible Camp
The Sugar Creek Bible Camp Prairie-Savanna-Woodland Complex contains six acres of this rare dry-prairie and fourteen acres of the globally imperiled oak savanna. Over 140 plant species were recorded on the bluff prairie. Reptiles including the bull snake, blue racer, and six-lined racerunner were also recorded. In 2000, TPE entered into a 10-year agreement to manage this prairie-savanna-woodland complex. Restoration methods of controlled burning, understory thinning, and exotic species removal have provided opportunities for hands on restoration, education, increased biodiversity, and above all maintaining these ecologically important communities for present and future generations to enjoy. TPE has conducted several prescribed burns at the site, including one in 2011.
Properties owned by our members
Hill prairie educational materials developed for landowner outreach
The Coulee Region Chapter has developed some educational materials for use with landowners. These materials are the very basic information that would be of interest to landowners with goat prairie remnants. The materials include a brochure, writings about plant species of hill prairies, and display/posters. Link to materials.
Citizen Science: prairie butterflies and moths
We are hoping to add to the information on the distribution of three skippers and two moths by reporting what we find on prairies in the Coulee region. Armund Bartz gave a presentation about these at a recent meeting. Here's a video clip from a similar presentation at the 2013 Iowa Prairie Conference. The clip is about a half hour long, but critical parts are:
4:30 - Intro to the five species
5:55 - Skipper flight periods
7:25 - Features used to identify
8:40 - Dusted Skipper (flight period starts around May 5)
14:15 - Ottoe Skipper (June 6)
18:10 - Leonard Skipper (August 1)
22:00 - Northern Flower Moth (on blazingstar and asters)
24:15 - Leadplant Flower Moth (on leadplant, of course!)
For more info on the project and reporting, contact Jim Rogala.