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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Grasses - Little Blue Stem

Little Bluestem - Andropogon scoparius
Little Bluestem - Andropogon scoparius
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
Little Bluestem is not usually noticed until after a frost when the plant becomes a warm bronze color. Although grazed, animals at times avoid the grass being repelled by it coarse, dried stems. This leaves Little Bluestem tall enough to be important nesting cover for grouse.

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Porcupine in tree

Porcupine babies are called porcupettes. When they are born they have 15,000 quills. Porcupettes are born in the spring and, lucky for mom, the quills are soft. They can climb trees within an hour of birth. More...