about prairies

  • The tallgrass prairie ecosystem, unique to North America, is an important part of our natural heritage.

  • Only 1% of the original tallgrass prairie remains. With 99% of prairies gone, they are more rare than rainforests.

  • Because so little of this native habitat remains, many prairie species are rare or endangered.

  • The prairie is home to many kinds of beautiful flowers and deep-rooted grasses. Some prairie species may also have important medicinal and/or economic uses.

  • Millions of bison, commonly known as buffalo, used to roam the prairie; they are America's largest land mammals.