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James L. Ellis

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Connection to Illinois: Ellis is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Committee on Natural Areas at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Biography: James L. Ellis serves on the board of directors of Grand Prairie Friends, a conservation organization in east-central Illinois involved in prairie restoration projects. A botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, manages and maintains the University of Illinois Natural Areas, he has published extensively on prairie ecology, conservation, restoration, and management.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers
ISBN: 0809338181 OCLC: 1196822442

Southern Illinois University Press 2021

The book celebrates the beauty of a 2.5-acre restored grassland with lively commentary, vivid descriptions, and striking, detailed photographs of the native plants and animals that inhabit it. The authors describe how they prepared the soil, selected and planted seeds, and dealt with unwanted invasive species and weeds--