Some examples of the seed for this prairie habitat restoration include little blue stem, compass plant, prairie blazing star, wild petunia, prairie violets, blue flag iris, cardinal flower, climbing wild rose and purple milkweed among many other plant species.
Planting continues throughout the winter months at Midewin for many reasons. One reason is many of the native prairie plant seeds for this region require a specific number of freezing temperature days before germination can occur.
Restoration has been in process at Midewin since 1996. One of the hopes of this work is to increase the diversity of the native bird populations by creating optimal nesting habitats.
The mission of the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nationís forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.
Above, Members of The Wetlands Initiative's Midewin field crew, Jim Conboy, Rachel Rohde, and Matt Taber, mix the prairie seeds by hand in the Horticultural Building at the USDA Forest Serviceís Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.