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July is Grassland Month - Megan Benage from the MN DNR Talks Prairies with John Latimer

Megan Benage - host of Prairie Pod from the MN DNR

John Latimer had the chance for an extended conversation with the ebulliant Megan Benage.  She's a regional biologist who specializes in prairies and grasslands.  You can check out the Prairie Pod Podcast here.

And check out the Recreation Compass from the DNR'swebsite that Megan mentions.

She wrote this in the MN Conservation Volunteer:

It's tough for me to pinpoint the exact moment I found my soulmate, the tallgrass prairie. My mentor at Purdue University, where I studied wildlife science, would say it was when he caught me smelling grass and flower seed as I was sorting batches for a prairie reconstruction project. He said only ecologists stop to smell seed like that.
In this extra conversation John finds out how Megan Benage realized she wanted to study prairies as a biologist.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.