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Using LandPKS for Rangeland and Species Monitoring: Changing Ecosystems

A high school-level lesson plan that explores the following questions: How do ecosystems change over time? What effect do humans have on the environment? What makes a species threatened or endangered? How might a species adapt to a changing environment?

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Using LandPKS for Rangeland Monitoring: Soil, Grazing, and Rangeland Management

A high school-level lesson plan that explores the following questions: What is rangeland? Why should we monitor rangeland? What is the difference between quantitative and qualitative data? What does ground cover tell us about our soil health? How does grazing affect ground cover? What is erosion and how does it happen? How does our soil connect to climate?

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Webinar: Monitoring Vegetation and Understanding Habitat with LandPKS

This webinar series targets rangeland managers and others who are interested in learning how to use LandPKS, and in exploring the app’s new Habitat and Soil Health modules in a rangeland management context.

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Pronghorn Antelope

Female Pronghorns usually give birth to twins, with young females often giving birth to a single fawn. Pronghorn can reach speeds of 50 mph/80.5 kph and are North America’s fastest mammal.

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Mule Deer

When alarmed, mule deer bound away with four feet hitting the ground together at each bound. This is called “slotting” and is different from white-tailed deer who spring from hind to front feet.

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Monarch Butterfly

The monarch’s bright coloring warns predators not to eat it. Their toxins come from milkweed plants, which are the only food source for the caterpillars. While animals that eat a monarch butterfly usually do not die, they will get sick enough to avoid monarchs in the future.

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Upland Sandpiper

Unlike most shorebirds, the Upland sandpiper is completely terrestrial, rarely associated with coastal or wetland habitats, an obligate grassland species. As a result, it is often recognized as an indicator of prairie health.

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Sage Thrasher

Sage thrashers have a long, melodious flutelike song with a lot of variety in notes. The longest documented song was approximately 22 minutes long! Sage thrashers may also mimic the notes of other birds and have been called “the mockingbird of the sagebrush.”

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