What Lives In The Prairie? by Oona Gaarder-Juntti
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Prairie Animals in Illinois
What is a Prairie? A prairie is a temperate grassland, plains of grass that get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Most of the interior of North America was a prairie before European settlement radically altered the environment with agriculure. Even now, the prairie is a large area. These areas are usually unsuitable for agriculture. Animal Adaptations: The animals that live in prairies have adapted to a semi-arid, windy environment with few trees or shrubs.
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The million acres stretching from Canada to Mexico once had an abundance of wildlife unmatched anywhere else in North America. The symbiotic relationship between wildlife and the grasslands is what makes this place so special. Deep-rooted perennial grasses keep the deep soils intact and feed the abundant grazers including elk, pronghorn, deer and bison. In turn, as bison forage they disturb the soil with their hooves and disperse native seeds. Prairie dogs prefer lands grazed by bison for their colonies, and they in turn provide the prey base for many predators including black-footed ferrets, hawks, eagles, badgers and swift fox. Grassland birds such as mountain plovers and burrowing owls nest in prairie dog colonies. These intricate connections are what provide for a healthy Great Plains environment.
Through the Seasons. Plants and Trees. Animals that live in the plains must adapt to wide open spaces with few trees. Most animals either live in the ground or have adapted to travel long distances while needing only a little water. Predators like coyotes, swift foxes, and badgers are able to hunt the abundant small rodents, rabbits, birds, snakes, lizards, and toads.