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ASO Prairies

Monarch by Glenn Pollock

Conservation

The Audubon Society of Omaha Prairie Preserve

6720 Bennington Road (near 72nd and McKinley)

Formerly known as the Jensen Prairie, this 20-acre eastern tall grass prairie preserve is home to over 75 species of forbs (flowers) and grasses as well as several mammals such as badgers, foxes, rabbits, gophers, and three species of mice including the rare meadow jumping mouse. The prairie additionally hosts several species of snakes and grassland birds.

Ten acres of this preserve is tall-grass virgin prairie, and the remaining ten acres is a restored prairie.

The prairie was purchased with a grant from The Nebraska Environmental Trust and management assistance grants from The Iowa West Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District and many generous donations from members of Audubon Society of Omaha.


Cuming City Prairie Near Blair

Located about three miles north of Blair, Nebraska, off Hwy 75 on County Road 14

Surrounding the Cuming City Cemetery, this 10-acre preserve is the only known virgin, Loess Hills-type prairie in Nebraska. Saved from the plow and other incursions, the prairie remains as it was when Native Americans were its only human inhabitants.

The cemetery comprises only 10% of the preserve and dates from 1856. With 95 recorded native species of plants, this site is valuable to botanists and others dedicated to preserving remaining native prairie species.

ASO would like to thank The Nature Conservancy for helping make preserving this site possible. 

Book a Prairie

ASO prairies are open to the public and available as research study sites. Volunteers are also needed to help maintain the prairie. Anyone interested in assisting with the restoration and management of the prairie or interested in setting up a visit for research purposes, please contact the ASO Administrator at (402) 445-4138. 

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