Tallgrass Prairie (TGP) harbours a huge number of rare, threatened and endangered species, as well as a multitude of species that have not even been evaluated yet, but are equally as rare. In fact you can hardly venture onto a TGP without stepping on them!
TGP was widely scattered across parts of southern Ontario, but has been greatly reduced. It is believed that less than 1% of the TGP present at the time of settlement still remains. Some of the best remnants are at places like Walpole Island First Nation......
There is a host of colourful, and rare plants, including Colicroot (Aletris farinosa)
The previous four species are all legally Endangered. This next species, Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris) is extirpated, since it has not been seen in Ontario in many decades. I had to go to Ohio to photograph this one.
Some are state parks, such as Prairie State Park where the bison do indeed still roam.
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are fairly common.
Tallgrass Prairies are amazing landscapes and warrant a high priority for protection. Get out and explore a prairie soon!