Author Archives: Chris Helzer

About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

Prairie Blizzard Survival

Last week’s blizzard dumped about a foot of snow here in town, and about 18 inches out at our Platte River Prairies.  Combined with wind gusts of 40-50 miles per hour, it was quite a weather event.  Our school was … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – February 5, 2016

Now that this week’s blizzard has come and gone, we are left with knee-deep snow all around us.  I made it to a small local prairie yesterday morning and trudged around with my camera for a while.  There was plenty … Continue reading

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Boys and Sticks

My wife and I are both biologists.  She’s a high school biology teacher and I’m a prairie ecologist.  You won’t be surprised that we think it’s important for our kids to get outside and explore nature.  However, we don’t often … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 27, 2016

One of my favorite winter photography subjects is the kind of “window” created by melting snow around prairie plants.  When the sun is shining, dried plants often warm up enough to melt the snow around them a little faster than … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – The Myth of the White Buffalo Calf Woman

This post is written by Kim Tri, one of our two Hubbard Fellows for this year.  Kim is an excellent artist, as well as an ecologist, writer, and land steward.  As you can see, her drawings of animals are exceptional. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 22, 2016

Just as I did last week, I’m posting a few more winter photos from my archives. Laying flat on one’s stomach on a frozen river might not sound like much fun to you, but it does give  you a neat … Continue reading

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Prairie Word of the Day – Habitat Heterogeneity

Do you know what time it is?  It’s time for another PRAIRIE WORD OF THE DAY! Today’s Prairie Word of the Day (fine, it’s actually two words) is: Habitat Heterogeneity Heterogeneity is really just a longer word for Diversity, which … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 15, 2016

I was looking through a couple batches of winter photos from recent years and found some images I’d never posted here.  Since my camera hasn’t left its bag in the last week or so, I’ll post a few of those … Continue reading

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An Aquatic Stick Insect

While my wife Kim and I were at the Niobrara Valley Preserve for several days in December, we spotted a small creature neither of us had seen before.  We were walking along the edge of the river (hoping to see … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 7, 2016

Earlier this week, we had a foggy and frosty day.  When the clouds finally started to thin, I popped across town to Lincoln Creek Prairie to see if I could get some photographs of the frost.  Here are a few … Continue reading

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