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The Prairie Naturalist (ISSN 2766-8096 online, ISSN 0091-0376 print) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles and notes focused on natural history research in the North American Great Plains. It was founded in 1969 by the North Dakota Natural Science Society, later renamed the Great Plains Natural Science Society, which published it as a print journal through 2020.

The Prairie Naturalist is the official journal of the Great Plains Natural Science Society.

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Special Issues

Natural History Now photo essays


The Prairie Naturalist is indexed in Web of Science ( and by way of author entries in Google Scholar and ResearchGate. Its indexing coverage is expected to become comparable to that of the Institute's first 3 journals (Northeastern Naturalist, Southeastern Naturalist, and Journal of the North Atlantic).

The journal offers

• over 25 years of timely peer-review and publication of manuscripts.

• article-by-article online publication for distribution to a global audience.

• expertise to facilitate the publication of special issues.

• inclusion of supplemental files with journal articles.

The publisher

The journal is published by the Eagle Hill Institute, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation of the State of Maine (Federal tax ID # 010379899).

For general inquiries about the journal ...

Prairie Naturalist

Eagle Hill Institute
59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, Maine 04680 USA

207-546-2821 Ext 4


We welcome your submission to the journal. Before sending in a manuscript, you should carefully read the following guidelines.

Submission guidelines
Formatting guidelines

If you have questions, please contact the Editor

Jane Austin

or the Publisher

Joerg-Henner Lotze


Access journal content

The Prairie Naturalist has transitioned to an online journal. There will be a single volume per year, plus occasional special issues.

Special Issues

Natural History Now photo essays

Volumes of the Prairie Naturalist prior to 2020 are available online in the Prairie Naturalist Archives via Digital Commons at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Link


Copyright policy

The Eagle Hill Institute reserves the copyright to articles and notes published in its journals. Any reproduction in print or electronic format, other than for an individual's own personal and private use, is prohibited without written permission from the Institute.

Authors are provided a print-quality pdf file of their article with permission to post the file on their personal and their institution’s website.