Photo of the Week – March 15, 2013

I was reminded of this photo while thinking ahead to this weekend.  A few years ago, I found these pheasant tracks after spending a morning in one of our crane viewing blind along the bank of the Platte River.  This weekend, I get to spend three evenings in that same blind – sharing a world-class birding experience with members of The Nature Conservancy.  Not a bad weekend, really.

Pheasant tracks through alkaline-crusted sandy soil in a restored wetland along the Platte River, Nebraska.

Pheasant tracks through alkaline-crusted sandy soil in a restored wetland along the Platte River, Nebraska.

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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.
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3 Responses to Photo of the Week – March 15, 2013

  1. Dave says:

    And they are ROOSTER tracks.

  2. Tim Upham says:

    Just be glad you were not walking through tall grass, and sneaked up on a pheasant there. I did that, and the pheasant flew out right in front of me. It was startling to see and hear that bird flush out right in front of me. Lucky for the pheasant, I did not have a rifle. But pheasants can be an element of surprise.

  3. Very nice photo, Chris. Having a pheasant burst out under a horse one is riding in tall grass is quite exciting too! Lucky for me, I somehow stayed on.

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