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The Blackland Prairies and Cross Timbers are located to the west and south of the Flint Hills. This vegetatively complex region of intermixed prairie and scrubby cedar-mesquite woodland extends into north-central Texas. Bluestem prairies and oak-dominated savannas and woodlands characterize the natural vegetation in the Cross Timbers. Much of the area has been converted to agriculture, although expanses of oak forest and woodland are still scattered throughout the eastern portion of the subregion. The Cross Timbers is a savanna on the southern Great Plains running from southeastern Kansas, across central Oklahoma, into central Texas. ... The Flint Hills are a group of hills in eastern Kansas, extending from Marshall County in the north, to Cowley County in the south. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Cross Timbers is a savanna on the southern Great Plains running from southeastern Kansas, across central Oklahoma, into central Texas. ... Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus, and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ...


Birds in the Osage Plains include the threatened Greater Prairie-Chicken, Henslow's Sparrow, the Dickcissel, the Loggerhead Shrike, the Field Sparrow, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, the Painted Bunting and Harris's Sparrow. Fire suppression, overgrazing and the spread of exotic plants are the factors most negatively affecting priority bird habitat. The area now is managed almost exclusively for beef production with annual burns and intensive grazing practices that provide little of the habitat structure required to support many priority bird species. Binomial name Tymphanucus cupido (Linnaeus, 1758) The Greater Prairie Chicken, Tymphanucus cupido, is a large bird in the grouse family. ...


Historically, fire, drought, and bison were dominant ecological forces and had great influences on the vegetation from local to landscape scales. The Osage Plains and Flint Hills were dominated historically by tallgrass prairie with scattered groves of oak (Quercus marilandica) in the uplands and along drainages. A variety of wetland types, including wet prairie, marsh and northern floodplain forests occurred along larger rivers. Today, much of the land in the Osage Plains is planted to corn and soybeans, or has been converted to non-native grasses for pasture and hay. Large expanses of tallgrass prairie remain in the Flint Hills where relief is greater than in the Osage Plains subregion and the land less suitable for cropping. Species B. bison B. bonasus B. priscus Bison is a taxonomic genus containing six species of large even-toed ungulates within the subfamily Bovinae. ... The Flint Hills are a group of hills in eastern Kansas, extending from Marshall County in the north, to Cowley County in the south. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... This article is about marsh, a type of wetland. ... The tallgrass prairie is an ecosystem native to central North America. ... The Flint Hills are a group of hills in eastern Kansas, extending from Marshall County in the north, to Cowley County in the south. ...


See also

Osage Plains at U.S. Bureau of Land Management


 
 

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