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197 SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
Rainbow, Butterfly Milkweed. Konza Prairie, Flint Hills, Kansas. A breathtaking rainbow illuminates a bouquet of Butterfly Milkweed on the Konza Prairie. Located in the Flint Hills region of northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie is the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. The highly diverse vegetation of Konza Prairie is dominated by the perennial grasses big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, and swithchgrass, along with nubmerous other grasses, forbs and woody species. More than 600 species can be found on Konza Prairie, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and over 200 species of resident and migratory birds. Named for the Konza Indians, a Native American tribe that once inhabited the region, Konza Prairie was founded in 1971 as a field station for ecological research in the tallgrass prairie region.