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A trail through Curtis Prairie in summer leads to the Visitor Center

Curtis Prairie (Photo: Chelea Lewis / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Feature story

Wisconsin's prairies shine in late summer, from Lapham Peak to UW Arboretum

Prairies aren’t just pretty to look it and nice to walk through. They’re vital to species like American kestrels, bobolinks, sandhill cranes, eastern meadowlark, federally endangered Karner blue butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

They’re also vital to us.…

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Monarch on native prairie thistle

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Monarch butterflies, Minnesota’s official state butterfly, spend their summer throughout the Midwest and migrate to Mexico in the fall to avoid the freezing winters.

By now, most have already embarked…