Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is pleased to announce that, thanks to the leadership and dedication of a local Eagle Scout named Raghav Kalyanaraman, our beloved “Ken’s Prairie” will soon be getting a much needed makeover this fall. Raghav, who participated in a 2 acre restoration project for us in November 2020, has set his eyes on Ken’s Prairie, and wants to lead the effort to restore another 5 acres of prairie.
Raghav and his volunteers are seeking help in funding the seed purchases necessary for this project. He has already fundraised $1500, but will need roughly $3000 more to reach his goal. Any extra donations will be spent on seeds as well; during projects such as these, over-seeding can make the process all the more likely to succeed.
Projects such as these are vital to the ecology of North Texas, as our native Blackland Prairies are vanishing right before our eyes. This ecoregion was once comprised of tens of millions of acres of rolling meadows from Texarkana to Austin. Now, only a splintered fraction is left (less the 1% of the Blackland Prairie remains today). Projects like this and committed volunteers such as Raghav can help preserve and restore our native Blackland Prairie. The Heard will be able to continue to provide safe haven for the plants, animals and insects that call the prairie “home.”
Please consider donating to help Raghav restore the Ken’s Prairie here at the Heard! Donations may be made here. Please watch for project updates and other ways to get involved!