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
Publisher's note

For our publisher, the late CEO of the Des Moines Waterworks, Bill Stowe, exemplified environmental heroism.
by Jon Andelson
Essay

Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
by Laura J. Jackson
Podcast

In this issue, audio producers Sonia Chulaki and Marie Kolarik talk with writer and environmentalist Cornelia Mutel.
by Audio producers Sonia Chulaki, Noah Herbin and Marie Kolarik
Interview

Veterinarian Art Dunham's concern for his patients made him a world-renowned expert on the effects of Roundup herbicide on our environment.
by Jon Andelson, Mary Rose Bernal and Mark Baechtel
Multimedia

In this issue, our regular feature focuses on the Crested Kingfisher, the Downy Woodpecker, the Goldfinch and the Tufted Titmouse.
by Ken Saunders II
Essay

Our regular contributor is hooked on the prairie's grasses. Here's how it happened.
by Sandy Moffett
Photography

For this issue, our regular contributor focused his camera on two butterfly species and a quartet of "Birds of the Prairie."
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
Feature

This infographic by one of our Associate Editors shows how you can bring prairie back with some hard work and a little know-how.
by Rachel Snodgrass
Photography

This Minnesota photographer has contributed some stunning images to past issues. In this issue, his focus is a critically endangered bird.
by Bruce Leventhal
Essay

In this essay, a Georgia-based writer shares her introduction to the prairie's wild beauty.
by Mariah Manoylov
Essay

Your news-feed has probably been full of the bad effects of herbicides. This contributor writes about how to do without them.
by Harriet Behar
Multimedia

In this issue we focus on the Wood Duck, the Baltimore Oriole, the Common Loon, and the Hooded Merganser.
Podcast

In the first of two podcasts in this issue, plant scientist Lee DeHaan discusses the new perennial grain, Kernza.
by Audio producer Noah Herbin
Closeup

Two artists, born decades apart and working in entirely different mediums, found common ground in prairie wildflowers.
by Cornelia Clarke and Lydia Krueger Curtis
Essay

During the yearly migration, an astonishing forty-five percent of all North American shorebirds pass through this Kansas marsh.
by Alicia DeHaan
Podcast

Wisconsin writer/activist Heather Swan talks with Associate Editor Maya Dru about her love of pollinators.
by Heather Swan
Essay

Blake said we can see the universe in a grain of sand; can we see the prairie expanses of the past in a remnant on an Illinois highway?
by Cindy Crosby
Podcast

Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich interview University of Iowa Prof David Osterberg about CAFOs.
by Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich
Closeup

To depict ecological change in the American landscape, this artist brings together paints, drawing materials and altered photographs.
Photography

We're featuring two photographs, both taken at Grinnell College's Conard Environmental Research Area, by our frequent contributor.
by Jun Taek Lee
Essay

This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
by Sebastian Braun
Photography

This issue features two more of our regular contributor's incomparable wildlife portraits.
Photography

This Minnesota photographer introduced our readers to his work in Vol. IV, #2. He contributed two more images of wildlife to this issue.
Photography

Our new contributor is a high school biology instructor who teaches to travel, travels to teach, and takes his camera along.
Photography

This first-time contributor provided some beautiful--and beautifully appropriate--images for the essay written by his friend, Alicia DeHaan.
Photography

Two of our perennial contributor's images focus on two types of migration in this issue: human and wildlife.
Photography

This new contributor's images backdrop this issue's table of contents, and intimately depict one of the prairie's most important pollinators