Clear skies, little or no wind and falling temperatures in early autumn create perfect conditions for heavy morning dew on the prairie. Species like this Indian grass may succumb to the weight of the water. Both birds and mammals often try to avoid the tall wet vegetation and move into open areas, mowed lanes and grazed pastures. Without waterproof pants and a jacket a person easily becomes soaked to the waist chilled. Yet it just this appeal that urges one to go out, look and listen.