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It is not easy to do justice to the exulting feelings of the worthy captain at finding himself at the head of a stout band of hunters, trappers, and woodmen; fairly launched on the broad prairies, with his face to the boundless West.
They found the prairies saturated with the heavy cold rains, prevalent in certain seasons of the year in this part of the country, the wagon wheels sank deep in the mire, the horses were often to the fetlock, and both steed and rider were completely jaded by the evening of the 12th, when they reached the Kansas River; a fine stream about three hundred yards wide, entering the Missouri from the south.
The bee hunter is generally some settler on the verge of the prairies; a long, lank fellow, of fever and ague complexion, acquired from living on new soil, and in a hut built of green logs.
The belts of woodland that traverse the lower prairies and border the rivers are peopled by innumerable swarms of wild bees, which make their hives in hollow trees and fill them with honey tolled from the rich flowers of the prairies.
Be all this as it may: the course of our party of bee hunters is to make a wide circuit through the woody river bottoms, and the patches of forest on the prairies, marking, as they go out, every tree in which they have detected a hive.
Drop him in the midst of a prairie, or in the heart of the mountains, and he is never at a loss.
1802 the small-pox, that dreadful pestilence, which swept over the land like a fire over the prairie, made its appearance in the village of the Omahas.
The coming of the immigrants made for an exciting time on the Canadian Prairies. It was a time when Canadian trains were filled with European immigrants travelling west in search of free land.
This belt of woodland, which separates the eastern prairies from the western plains of Texas, Oklahoma, and a portion of southern Kansas, grows on a band of sandy soil, forming in places an almost impenetrable chain of twisted oak and hickory.
Prairie dogs once lived all over the American prairies.
In 1988-89, a ten acre restoration project in Eunice, Louisiana, was seeded and plugged with plants from local, remnant prairies along railroad rights-of-way.
In Prairie conservation, they have edited a volume that documents the historic loss and present-day endangerment of Great Plains grasslands, reviews the essential ecological characteristics of prairies, summarizes current information on the status of groups of taxa within these grasslands, and provides examples of conservation plans proposed, and in use, in the U.S.
William Least Heat-moon, who became intimately acquainted with these very same prairie hills during the writing of PrairyErth, wrote of the process: "It's not that I had to learn to think flat - the prairies rarely are - but I had to begin thinking open and lean, seeing without set points of obvious focus, noticing first the horizon and then drawing my vision back toward the middle distance where so little appears to exist.
Field survey of halophytic plants of disturbed sites on the Canadian prairies, Can J Plant Sri, 64:745-751