Last week, I posted that I’d been up at our Niobrara Valley Preserve, helping to set up timelapse cameras to document the recovery of that site from the wildfire last July. Back in February, photographer Michael Forsberg, Jeff Dale, Rich Walters, and I picked out preliminary locations for nine cameras. Jeff then built the camera systems, and we got them installed and started up last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mike and Jeff are part of Moonshell Media, the group we’re contracting with for this project. You may have seen their work before – most of the Moonshell Media staff are also working on the Platte Basin Timelapse project, which includes video from one of our Platte River wetland restoration projects, along with numerous other stories of water and the Platte River from headwaters to mouth.
The timelapse project at the Niobrara Valley Preserve is being funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, as part of a larger project to study the aftermath of the wildfire and generate information to help reduce negative impacts from similar events in the future. Eacn of our nine cameras will be taking one photo every hour, during daylight hours, for at least several years. An additional camera will be a mobile unit that we’ll move from location to location to document short-term changes or events. The cameras will help us tell the overall story of wildfire recovery, but will also link with and help illustrate the results of several research projects happening in the same places.
Here are some photos of the installation last week, along with descriptions of what some of the cameras will be documenting. I will, of course, let you know when/where videos from the project can be viewed when its time.