Research at Nachusa
Scientific investigation occurs all year at Nachusa Grasslands, ranging from informal restoration experiments by stewards in their units to Friends-supported academic studies throughout the preserve. The Nature Conservancy, foundations, colleges, and universities may also provide funding for various projects. All scientists must obtain permission to conduct research at Nachusa Grasslands. For a list of last year's projects, see 2016 Nachusa Grasslands Field Season Researchers.
Nachusa Science Symposium
The third annual Nachusa Grasslands Science Symposium, hosted by the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, will take place on October 21, 2017, at the Nachusa Headquarters Barn. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the event.
2016 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Scientific Research Grants
To encourage scientific research at Nachusa, the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands awards monetary grants to qualified academic scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers who are interested in studying topics relevant to the Preserve.
Since the Friends began awarding the scientific grants, the annual amounts have increased from $1,000 in 2011 to $32,000 in 2017.
Funded research projects focus primarily on prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, and stream habitat management such as prescribed fire, seed collection, weed control, general or specific flora or faunal populations, and natural areas restoration.
Friends Science 2017 Grants
Recipients, project descriptions, and award amounts have been posted on the Friends 2017 Science Grants page.
For summaries of previous years’ grant award projects, visit:
In 2014, a small group of Nachusa volunteers began the long–term monitoring of the three streams in the preserve using the protocols developed by The Illinois RiverWatch Network. RiverWatch is a statewide, non–profit program which trains volunteers to monitor indicators of stream quality.
See the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands PrairiE-Update "What We Do at Nachusa Grasslands – Stream Monitoring" for more information on the project.