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Prairie Facts

Simpson Prairie

Location: Northwest McLennan County near Valley Mills and Crawford
Region: Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies)
Size: 75 acres
Ownership: Owned by Mike and Marliss Williams with a conservation easement held by NPAT.

History

After growing up in the area and learning about prairies, Mike remembered seeing prairie before the area of Simpson Prairie became overgrazed. Mike then searched for and found part of the overgrazed prairie, purchased it, and restored Simpson Prairie. Mike has used seed hay from Simpson Prairie in area prairie restoration and plantings.

Site Description

Simpson Prairie is a prairie remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) are dominant grasses.

Plant List

View the plant list on the Simpson Prairie Plant List page.

Other Lists

Birds (by Kirsti and Sirpa Harms)

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Bobwhite
Mourning Dove
Common Nighthawk
Hummingbird (probably Black-chinned, the more western bird)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Northern Mockingbird
Summer Tanager
Cassin’s Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark

Other Information

Photo Album