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Watching the Sandhills Bounce Back at the Niobrara Valley Preserve

I took our Hubbard Fellows up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve in north-central Nebraska last week.  While we were there, I spent quite a bit of time in the east bison pasture, where the recovery of prairie plants from last year’s … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 3, 2013

This photo was taken several years ago outside the house of my in-laws in eastern Nebraska.  I don’t usually photograph birds, but I was there and the birds were there, and one thing led to another… It was snowing, but … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – March 16, 2012

Sandhill cranes have filled the Platte River valley.   They’re in nearly every field within 5 miles (or more) of the river.  Bird watching is pretty easy when you just have to pull over to the side of the road to … Continue reading

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Winter Cranes – Part Three

It sure looks like we’re going to have sandhill cranes around for the entire winter.  In fact, the consensus among biologists is that the number of cranes has actually grown over the last couple of weeks.  There was even a … Continue reading

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Why I Care About Prairies and You Should Too

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out why I think prairie conservation is so important.  I’m not questioning my conviction – I feel very strongly that prairies are worth my time and effort to conserve – but if I can … Continue reading

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A Guide to Patch-Burn Grazing for Biological Diversity

Patch-burn grazing is getting a lot of attention from a wide variety of audiences these days.  The management system has generated substantial enthusiasm among some people – particularly those interested in improving habitat for prairie wildlife species.  It has also generated … Continue reading

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Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River

For those of us living and working on the Central Platte River in Nebraska, the birds that signify spring’s arrival are much bigger than robins.  The annual arrival of sandhill cranes (we usually see the first ones around Valentine’s Day) … Continue reading

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