Crane Meadows contains approximately 900 acres of grassland habitat, including remnants of the rare tallgrass prairie. Prairie grasses and wildflowers are propagated in the refuge’s greenhouse for planting in areas where active restoration is underway. Big bluestem, little bluestem and Indiangrass, as well as purple prairie clover and black-eyed susan, are some species that are planted. Prescribed burns are used to promote vigorous growth of native plants and prevent woody vegetation from overtaking the prairie. Wildlife species using prairie areas include white-tailed deer, sandhill crane, clay-colored, field, lark, grasshopper, savannah and vesper sparrows, bobolink and eastern meadowlark.