Prairie Science

Featured in this issue: the Bald Eagle, the Cedar Waxwing, the Sand Hill Crane, and the Short-eared Owl.

Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
by Frederick L. Kirschenmann

This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.
Personal essay

Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
by Cornelia F. Mutel

Twenty-five years from now, will fertile agricultrural landscapes look the way they look today?

Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
by John Ikerd
Book Review

A college biology professor gives us her review of Cornelia Mutel's new book, A Sugar Creek Chronicle.
by Eizabeth J. Queathem

Pollinators are under threat. An Ohio-based biologist describes a project in which ordinary citizens helped save them.
by Amanda Gray

A conversation between Rootstalk editor Emma Thomasch and residents of the Mayflower retirement community.
by Emma Thomasch

This photographer, used to taking pictures of the crowded streetscapes of home, tries his hand at the prairie.
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman

With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
by Noah Herbin

In this feature, a respected Drake University biologist traces the eons through which the prairie region's plantforms evolved.
by Thomas Rosburg

"Ekphrasis" denotes a poem about a strong visual. See if you think these poems, paired with the drawings which inspired them, fit the bill.
by Ben and Therese Brosseau

Everyone thinks "corn" when they think of the Midwest. Maybe they should be thinking: "mushrooms." Our interviewer talks to the experts.
by Sonia Chulaki

This artist looked in an unlikely place for inspiration: the specimens collection of a college biology department.

In this issue, our regular contributor turned to one of his smaller subjects: Asters.

Our regular contributor focused his camera on a white tail buck, a squirrel, and--as ever--on four Birds of the Prairie.

This issue features the great-horned owl, the indigo bunting, Cooper's hawk, and the western osprey. Pictures, descriptions, sound files.

In this inaugural feature, we focus on the bobolink, Henslow's sparrow, the dickcissel and the burrowing owl.

A drawing of dried prairie flowers by the artist whose work we featured in Volume II, Issue 1

The nationwide celebration of our waterways comes to the prairie.
Personal essay

An anthropologist meditates on his relationship to these slow residents of the prairie.
by John C. Whittaker

This retired teacher spends time in a much larger classroom these days, as his picture demonstrates.
by John Clayton