Prairie Science
Multimedia

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

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

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
Essay

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

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
Essay

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

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

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
Podcast

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

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

"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
Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Photography

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