Riesel Prairie Description

Size: 5 acres Ownership: Owned by NPAT. Donated by Dr. Paul and Virginia Mezynski. Dr. Paul and Virginia Mezynski protected Riesel Prairie permanently for future generation by donating the prairie to NPAT. Dr. Paul Mezynski is a past president of NPAT. Riesel Prairie is a tallgrass prairie remnant of the Blackland Prairie. Texas' Blackland Prairie is part of the endangered tallgrass prairies of North America, of which less than 1% remains due to conversion to agriculture and development. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), and Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) are dominant grasses.

Riesel Prairie

Diverse textures of green cover the prairie in spring
Diverse textures of green…
Prairie people among Indiangrass
Prairie people among Indiangrass…
Monarch butterfly on Pitcher Sage (Salvia azurea)
Monarch butterfly on Pitcher…
Indiangrass, Eastern Gamagrass, Little Bluestem, Goldenrod, and Pitcher Sage
Indiangrass, Eastern Gamagrass,…
Caterpillar on Agalinis sp.
Caterpillar on Agalinis…
Snakeherb
Snakeherb
Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, and Pitcher Sage in fall
Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem,…
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