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The #KonzaPrairie is located within the largest remaining area of unplowed #TallgrassPrairie in North America, the #FlintHills. The 8,616 acre preserve is located south of #Manhattan , #Kansas and north of Interstate 70. "Konza" is an alternative name for the Kansa or Kaw Indians who inhabited the area until the mid-19th century.
It has a continental climate characterized by warm, wet summers and dry, cold winters. Average annual precipitation is sufficient to support woodland or savanna vegetation; consequently, drought, fire and grazing are important in maintaining this grassland. The site is topographically complex with an elevation range from 1050 to 1457 ft. In addition to the dominant tallgrass prairie, Konza contains forest, claypan, shrub and riparian communities. #Limestone outcrops are found throughout the landscape.
Konza supports a diverse mix of species including 576 vascular plants, 31 mammals, 208 bird species, 34 types of reptiles and amphibians, 20 kinds of fish, and over 700 types of invertebrates. A herd of approximately 300 bison is maintained on the #Konza , and native white-tailed deer and wild turkey are often present in large numbers.
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