Prairie at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa. Photo by Rachel Gardner.

Prairie at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa. Photo by Rachel Gardner.

If you live near a native prairie in the United States, or live where native prairies used to be abundant, you might enjoy a recent blog from Gardening Gone Wild: Biomimicry – How Doing It Nature’s Way Will Change The Way We Live. What we like about it is how she has pulled out excerpts from Janine Benyus’s book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, that reveal the ecosystem services or functions that native prairies provide.

While we work to preserve and restore prairie habitats and other temperate grasslands around the world, we can also be thinking about how our farms, gardens, landscaping, and even buildings can emulate how nature provides ecosystem services.

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