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  • Building a prairie and watching for bees

    Entomology professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt stands in a prairie with a clipboard in her hands. She is wearing a hat, a long-sleeved shirt and a mask. In the background, undergraduate student Sabine Miller carries a bucket of sandbags used to weigh down the tent traps.

    Entomology professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and undergraduate student Sabine Miller prepare for an evening of work in a prairie the professor created to study ground-nesting bees.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky

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  • Editor’s notes:

    According to Jamie Ellis, the natural areas coordinator for the Illinois Natural History Survey, the U. of I. purchased the 130-acre Phillips farm at auction in 1968. It had been a working farm with most of the land in row-crop agriculture. Since its purchase, the property has been available for teaching and research – in particular, studies that involve manipulative field research like that conducted by Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and her colleagues. Numerous projects are under way on this property and on two other university tracts nearby: Trelease Woods and Trelease Prairie.

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