Next Platte River Prairies Field Day – June 22, 2016

Please plan to join us for our next field day on June 22, 2016.  We will have multiple field sessions to choose from throughout the day from 9am to 3:30pm.  There is no cost for attending, and families are welcome.  Bring your own lunch (and sunscreen, insect repellant, and drinking water).

Julie Peterson, University of Nebraska Extension Research Entomologist talks about prairie invertebrates.  Platte River Prairies Field Day, August 27, 2014.

Julie Peterson, University of Nebraska Extension Research Entomologist will return this year to talk about prairie insect identification and ecology.

Session topics include:

Plant identification and ecology

– Chris Helzer, The Nature Conservancy

Principles of prairie management

– Gerry Steinauer, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Prairie insects

– Julie Peterson, University of Nebraska Extension

Gardening with native plants

– Kim Helzer, TNC Volunteer and Centennial High School Science Teacher

Edible wild plants

– Cyndi Trail, The Nature Conservancy

Prairie seed harvesting and processing

– Mardell Jasnowski, The Nature Conservancy

How to help monitor monarch and regal fritillary butterfly populations

– Melissa Panella, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Each session will be available at least twice during the day.  We will likely add another couple session options within the next weeks stay tuned for a final agenda to be posted here within the next couple of weeks.   

The Derr House is located 2 miles south of the Wood River exit off of Interstate 80 (Exit 300).  Turn south immediately after the highway curves to the east and you’ll be there.

For more directions to the site, go to: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/nebraska/placesweprotect/eastern-nebraska-platte-river-native-prairie-nature-trail.xml

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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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2 Responses to Next Platte River Prairies Field Day – June 22, 2016

  1. Chris Muldoon says:

    Wow, sounds wonderful — all the stuff I want to know. Unfortunately, like a lot of others, I cannot be there. However, Chris, since you’re so good at getting your Hubbard Fellows to write posts on your blog, maybe you could encourage all the presenters to write a synopsis of sorts for the rest of us. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one that would like to access at least a little of the wisdom you all have to offer! After all, Chris, as Director of Science for TNC in Nebraska, you are encouraged to “share those lessons .” If I were fortunate enough to attend the Field Day, I would be terribly frustrated that I had to choose only a few out of many.

    I’m sure the Field Day will be terrific! Wish I could be there.

  2. Luddene Perry says:

    I will traveling that week and can’t attend either. Is another one planned for this summer?

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