Thank You

Thanksgiving (the holiday) is tomorrow, but I didn’t want to wait to express a quick, but heartfelt, THANK YOU to all of you who read this little blog.  When I started this project about four years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Today, we are closing in on 2,000 subscribers, and the rate of new subscribers is not slowing.  Many other people don’t subscribe, but read the blog regularly, and still others stumble upon it periodically, looking for a photo of or information on a prairie species or issue.  The site averages about 15,000 views a month (from all around the world) and that doesn’t count many subscribers who just read each post directly from their email.  Can you believe that many people are interested in prairies??  Wow.

I get immense gratification from writing this blog, largely because it helps me keep learning.  I learn as I prepare and write posts, and I learn even more from you through your responses to them.  Most importantly, just knowing that I have to keep coming up with new blog post ideas keeps me energized and inquisitive, and for that I am truly grateful.

So – to those of you in the United States, have a fantastic Thanksgiving, and to all of you…

Thank you


19 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. Dale Jundt November 26, 2014 / 8:07 am

    As a Northeast Nebraska native transplanted to Florida many years ago, your blogs and fine photography help me stay connected to the wonderful state that will, in my heart, always be “home” to me. THANK YOU !

  2. Paul November 26, 2014 / 8:35 am

    Thank YOU Chris!! I enjoy the Prairie Ecologist a great deal! Your posts are often the catalyst for discussion among those of us in Illinois who follow or just read TPE from time to time!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours on Helzer Prairie!!

  3. elfinelvin November 26, 2014 / 8:44 am

    Guess I’m reading the for the same reason your writing, I get to learn, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jim in IA November 26, 2014 / 9:05 am

    Thanks for your interesting posts. Keep up the good work.

    Your next door neighbor in Iowa… Jim

  5. centralohionature November 26, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Happy thanksgiving and a special thanks for opening a window into a world of which many of us may only enjoy a fleeting glimpse.

  6. Joanne November 26, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Thanks to you for the fabulous postings of my growing up places — I keep sane in the city. :>) You do know you have the best of jobs Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Holladay, Kevin W., DGF November 26, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Thank you Chris for bringing awareness to the vital importance of prairies to such a wide audience. Your blog is an inspiration to me and is the source of many ideas of how to improve what I am attempting here in NM.

    Kevin W. Holladay
    Conservation & Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator
    Information and Education Division
    New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
    1 Wildlife Way
    Santa Fe, NM 87507
    (505) 476-8095- office
    (505) 476-8116- fax

    Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail, including all attachments is for the sole use of the intended recipient[s] and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, copying, disclosure or distribution is prohibited, unless specifically provided under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender at once and destroy all copies of this message.

  8. James C. Trager November 26, 2014 / 11:31 am

    I’ve told you before, but it still holds true, this may be my favorite blog of all. And that is among some really good ones. Certainly something to be thankful for, the whole year round.
    Happy Thankgsgiving, James

    • Ian Lunt November 27, 2014 / 6:19 pm

      Hear, hear! Great work Chris, you set a fantastic example for bloggers everywhere! Cheers Ian

  9. Suzanne M. Coleman November 26, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Hi Chris, have a nice holiday :) Suzanne From: The Prairie Ecologist To: Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:31 AM Subject: [New post] Thank You #yiv1412767666 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1412767666 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1412767666 a.yiv1412767666primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1412767666 a.yiv1412767666primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1412767666 a.yiv1412767666primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1412767666 a.yiv1412767666primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1412767666 | Chris Helzer posted: “Thanksgiving (the holiday) is tomorrow, but I didn’t want to wait to express a quick, but heartfelt, THANK YOU to all of you who read this little blog.  When I started this project about four years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Today, we are ” | |

  10. steve November 26, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Thanks for keeping grasslands on the minds of so many and keeping minds open about how they must be managed. I’m not sure how many in Missouri read it but those that don’t, don’t know what they are missing. I keep spreading the word.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  11. David Ellis November 26, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Thanks Chris, your enthusiasm for prairies is contagious, your gift for writing about them is rich! Happy Thanksgiving,

  12. Lynne November 26, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    Thanks for writing such a great blog. I share it with friends here in San Francisco – like to educate them about the beauty of the Midwest and prairies.

  13. Bob Stine November 26, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Your blog is a real delight. Thank you so much! and have a great Thansgiving.

  14. Chris Muldoon November 26, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Thank YOU, Chris! Your blog — and fantastic photos — are the best things I see on my computer. I look forward to each and every post. Sharing your knowledge and experience with us is a priceless gift. The Nature Conservancy must love you for spreading the word!

  15. C November 26, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    Blessings to you, your family, and your beloved prairies!

  16. Becky November 28, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Thank you for helping educate others about the wonders of our prairies and how we all need to work to keep them around for a very long time to come.

  17. Lou November 29, 2014 / 9:59 am

    Thank you for illustrating and revealing all the beautiful life going on where so many look out why flying by at 80 mph and think “there is just nothing out here!”


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