The shortgrass prairie grows in the Great Plains, in the western border of the prairie biome in the United States, just east of the Rocky Mountains. It evolved in a dry climate, where only 12 to 15 inches of rain usually falls all year, most of it from April to June. This semi-arid climate has low humidity, high evaporation rates, and periods of severe drought.
Many endangered animals rely on the shortgrass prairie to survive, but the prairie is vanishing day-by-day.
The shortgrass prairie you will be restoring is in a dry soil region. Almost all of this ecosystem is gonebut some people are trying to preserve and restore it. Can you build a shortgrass prairie?
"Build-A-Prairie" is part of the Bell LIVE! 1999 "On the Prairie" program.
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