Pyle (2010) warns of “overzealous” prairie burning. He writes that burning Leadplant is lethal to three species of butterfly and at least one moth. If prairies are burned too often or too extensively, the native Lepidoptera do not survive.
On 22 April 2016, Erika and I came upon a fire crew maintaining the prairie. A Red-tailed Hawk oversaw the project. The raptor flew back and forth over the burned grassland. Presumably the hawk searched for small mammals displaced by the flames.