Category Archives: Prairie Animals

Oddballs or Innovators?

I spotted an upland sandpiper on top of a power pole last week.  In central Nebraska, that’s not really noteworthy – upland sandpipers are pretty common across much of the state.  They tend to nest in large open grasslands with … Continue reading

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

It’s good to be back in the prairies after spending last week in the mountains.  The mountains were beautiful and daytime temperatures were pleasantly cool, but I sure enjoyed the chance to catch up with the goings on in our … Continue reading

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Wetland Timelapse – Herons, Eagles, and Vultures

I downloaded timelapse images the other day from the restored stream/wetland at our Platte River Prairies.  Among the long series of photos, there were a couple interesting short stories I thought I’d share. The first is something I’ve not seen before – … Continue reading

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Realistic Motion Photography (Of Cute Fuzzy Mice)

You may remember a previous post in which I described a project to evaluate the impact of our prairie restoration work on small mammals.  Mike Schrad, a Nebraska Master Naturalist, is helping us collect some pilot data to see whether small mammal … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 12, 2014

While I was in Iowa last week, I took advantage of some free time just before sunset to return to one of the restored (reconstructed) prairies we’d visited earlier in the day at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area.  As I … Continue reading

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Niobrara Valley Preserve Field Trip

Last weekend, I helped with an event up at our Niobrara Valley Preserve.  Neighbors and members of The Nature Conservancy were invited to visit the Preserve, enjoy some home-grown bison burgers, and tour some of the 56,000 acre property.  I got … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 16, 2014

I don’t set these things up, I just take the picture.  I have no idea what this snake was doing, or why.  I just think it’s a funny photo.  Enjoy your weekend!  

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Follow up to my earlier Swallows-on-Cold-Days Post

I posted earlier this week about swallows feeding from the surface of water bodies during a cold and windy day.  In that post, I included a link to a report on a mass die off of swallows and intriguing research on … Continue reading

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What Do Swallows Eat on a Cold Windy Day?

Today was a cold blustery day, on the heels of some severe weekend storms.  I went down to check on our prairie (five inches of rain, strong winds, and a tornado a few miles away) and was glad to see … Continue reading

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Platte River Prairies Field Day – June 13, 2014

I hope to see many of you at our first Field Day of the 2014 season.  On Friday, June 13, we’ll host hikes and presentations all day long at our Platte River Prairies.  Come learn about prairie ecology, plant identification, … Continue reading

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