Glades are open, rocky areas usually located on steep slopes in woodland areas. Glades have arid, shallow soil, little shade and feature plant communities that are well-adapted to these dry conditions. Some trees and shrubs grow on glades, and without the regular application of fire, the surrounding woodland would gradually fill them in. In Missouri, glades are distinguished by the type of bedrock sticking out of the shallow soil: limestone , dolomite, sandstone, igneous, and chert.
Many of your typical woodland species can be found in and around a glade, because glades are situated within woodland dominated landscapes. Though not restricted to glades, Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Bachman’s Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and, of course, the Greater Roadrunner, are typical visitors to glade habitat.