What is a Prairie?
A prairie is a flat or rolling, mostly treeless grassland (short grass, mixed grass and tall grass), in central North America. Prairies also include drylands (badlands, sand hills). The land is attractive to many species of wildlife from the bison of North Dakota, Nebraska and Canada to migratory waterfowl moving through central Canada and the United States. Only about one percent of the original prairies remain today, due to conversion to cropland, suppression of fires needed to rejuvenate the prairies and allow for spring flower growth, and encroachment of urban areas. Many states and provinces are rehabilitating what is left of their prairies and reintroducing native wildlife and plants that once thrived there. All of the images presented in this showcase are by Mike Grandmaison, whose book, Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond, with text by Jan Volney, was published by Turnstone Press in April 2012.