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.
Nachusa Science Symposium
The fifth annual Nachusa Grasslands Science Symposium, hosted by the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, will take place on October 19, 2019, at the Northwest Territory Museum in Dixon, Illinois. Contact Elizabeth Bach for information on this year's event.
2018 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2017 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
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.
Funded research projects focus primarily on prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, and stream flora and faunal populations and/or habitat management such as prescribed fire, seed collection, weed control, and natural areas restoration.
Friends 2020 Science Grants
Thanks to a 1:1 challenge grant and the generous support of individual donors, organizations, and foundations, Friends has budgeted a maximum of $44,000 for 2020-2021, divided in varying amounts among qualified researchers.
The 2020 grant guidelines and application are posted on the Science Grants 2020 page.
For summaries of previous years’ grant award projects, visit:
Nachusa Monitoring Programs
RiverWatch: Nachusa volunteers participate in the Illinois RiverWatch Network by monitoring the health of several preserve waterways. See the RiverWatch page for details.
Dragonflies and Damselflies: As of 2019, there are seven volunteer dragonfly monitors who report data to Nachusa Grasslands and the state of Illinois. For more information, go to the Dragonfly and Damselfly Monitoring page.