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Urban Prairie

 

The historic Cajun Prairie encompassed over 2.5 million acres in Louisiana and Texas, and supported a highly diverse community of plants, wildlife, and pollinating insects. Decades of agricultural and industrial practices, urbanization, and land development have nearly eliminated the ecosystem, with less than 0.01 percent remaining today.
Installed in 2017, the bioswale and native habitat located in between Madison and Girard halls improves stormwater management capacity of an area that used to be turf grass.  It also increases biodiversity on campus.
    The bioswale is used by biology classes and others to study plant and insect species.  The diversity created by this habitat is noticeable by its sound -- you can hear it buzzing!