Last summer we attended “Prairie Days” sponsored by Prairie Enthusiasts (http://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/) and we got so enthused that we joined! Then last week we went to the local chapter Christmas party and got to meet lots of other prairie enthusiasts and everyone was so enthusiastic! Actually we were impressed with their knowledge of and passion for all things that live in the prairie – native plants, animals, birds, amphibians, and insects. All members at the meeting have land they’ve restored to prairie – some with many, many acres and some with decades of experience. They’re also enthusiastic about good food and there were wonderful dishes at the “pot luck” dinner we shared. We left that toasty warm gathering to go out into the snowy and cold but beautiful, moonlit winter night and as we drove home we recalled memories of a very stimulating and hopeful evening with new friends.