Siouxland’s Nature Conservancy, Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve

19 Jul

This past weekend The Nature Conservancy‘s Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve in Plymouth County, Iowa, celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is the largest grassland prairie site in the state, just south of Westfield. And is home to a breed of buffalo that could easily have roamed the area 200-300 years ago. It was a nice day out in Siouxland checking out the preserve. Fun to see the buffalo herd, listen to people with expertise in various fields talk about prairie habitat and then walk around the area to see for yourself. I have driven by it a number of times and finally had the opportunity to visit. When it becomes a bit cooler this fall, it would be a nice day hiking, minus the current wild flowers that are blooming, but the cooler temps would make it possible to linger longer and soak in the views. More images here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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  1. Siouxland’s large prairie reserve, Broken Kettle Grasslands | lostinsiouxland - July 13, 2014

    […] bison that roamed these prairies when Europeans first began exploring the area. This was the fourth annual bison day and a variety of activities, geared for children, but educational for adults as well. Naturalists […]

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