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Prairie Notes are monthly photo/journal observations from Tandy Hills Natural Area by Founder/Director, Don Young. They include field reports, flora and fauna sightings, and more, mixed with a scoop of dry humor and a bit of philosophy. They are available free to all who get on the FOTHNA email list.

Prairie Notes Archive

High Drama Prairie

Prairie Notes #174
June 1, 2021

01) High Drama Prairie
02) 
Field Report - May
03) New Species - May
04) Vandalism Report - May
05) Nature Journaling w/ Debora Young
06) PrairieSky / StarParty - June
07) In Praise of Yucca & Prickly Pear
08) People On the Prairie
09) I.D.E.A.S. Students Deliver Ideas
10) Prairie Proverb - Groundhog Day

Hygh On Hyacinth

Prairie Notes #173
April 29, 2021

01) Hygh On Hyacinth
02) Squeaky Wheel Gets Grease

03) Field Report - April
04) New Species - April
05) City Nature Challenge 2021
06) PrairieSky / StarParty Is Back!
07) Earth Day Forever
08) Earth Day Feelgood Story
09) Prairie Proverb - Eudora Welty

Blue Star Gazing

Prairie Notes #172
April 1, 2021

01) Blue Star Gazing
02) Fundraising Report

03) Field Report - March
04) New Species - March
05) Prairie Posse Report
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News - April
07) White Prairie Rose Update
07) Prairie Proverb - Stewart Udall
 

Chilly Scenes of Winter

Prairie Notes #171
March 1, 2021

01) Chilly Scenes of Winter
02) 
 Your Membership STILL Matters (Last Call)
03) Field Report - February
04) New Species - February
05) Virtual Trout Lily Walk Report & VIDEO
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News
07) Prairie Proverb - Simon & Garfunkel
 

Big Trees

Prairie Notes #170
February 1, 2021

01) Big Trees
02) Field Report - January
03) New Species - January
04) Your Membership Matters
05) NPSOT Donation Surprise
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News
07) Trout Lily Walk w/ Sam Kieschnick 
08) Speaking of Sam K. . .
09) Manly Men Wild Women Hike Report
10) I.D.E.A.S. Coming to Tandy Hills
11) NPAT Game-Changer

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear!

Prairie Notes #168
December 1, 2020

01) Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear!
02) Field Report - November
03) Botany Chicago Style
04) New Species - November
05) Prairie Restoration Report
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News
07) Go Take A Hike Day
08) A Thanksgiving Prayer
09) Prairie Bookshelf
10) Manly Men Wild Women - 2021 Style
11) Prairie Proverb - The Lone Ranger

Duty Calls - VOTE the Environment

Prairie Notes #167
November 1, 2020

01) Duty Calls - VOTE the Environment
02) Field Report - October
03) NPSOT - FOTHNA News
04) New Species - October
05) Prairie Posse Notes
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News
07) Video Library Updated
08) Responsible Nature Photography
09) Front Page News
10) Open Space Survey
11) The Iconic Meadow w/ Music
12) Prairie Proverb - Yvon Chouinard

Tandy Hills BEFORE Tandy Hills

Prairie Notes #166
October 1, 2020
01) Tandy Hills Before Tandy Hills
02) Field Report - September
03) NPSOT Honor for Prairie Notes
04) New Species - September
05) A Hill, a Meadow and a Hillock
06) PrairieSky / StarParty News
07) Giving Day Report
08) Autumn Grass Heaven
09) Prairie Proverb - Truman Capote

Earth Day Redux

Prairie Notes #161
May 1, 2020

01) Earth Day Redux
02) Field Report - April
03) Kids & Family Nature Fun (Indoors & Out)
04) New Species - April
05) The Butterfly Tree
06) The Wisdom of Thoreau
07) PrairieSky / StarParty News
08) Our Wild Backyard
09) Prairie Proverb - Gaylord Nelson

 

The Uncanny Beauty of Briers

Prairie Notes #158
February 1, 2020

01) The Uncanny Beauty of Briers
02) Field Report - January
03) Membership Matters
04) New Species - January
05) Manly Men Wild Women Hike Report
06) Broadcast Hill: Full Circle
07) Trout Lily Walk w/Sam Kieschnick

08) Prairie Proverb - L. Wayne Clark

 

And That's the Way It Was

Prairie Notes #156
December 1, 2019

01) And That's the Way It Was
02) Field Report - November
03) Star Notes
04) New Species - November
05) Photo Frenzy Threatens THNA
06) Bois d'Arc Tree Discovery
07) Manly Men Wild Women Hike - RSVP
08) Prairie Proverb - Walter Cronkite

'Tween Times

Prairie Notes #155
November 1, 2019

01) 'Tween TImes
02) Field Report - October
03) The Garden Path Podcast
04) PrairieSky / StarParty News - October
05) New Species - October
06) Emily in the Garden
07) Last Call for Little Art House on the Prairie
08) Master Naturalists Take to the Hills
09) Fall Aster Time
10) Prairie Proverb - Tennesse Williams