Photo of the Week – June 15, 2017

Earlier this week, I posted a photo of a female wolf spider carrying her brood on her back.  We were collecting data at the Niobrara Valley Preserve this week, and it seemed there were babies all over the place.  Young birds were hopping and flapping around, grasshopper and katydid nymphs were abundant – especially on wild rose flowers, and bison calves were following their moms around closely.  Here are a few other photos of early season babies from this week.

Bison calves are at near-maximum cuteness at the moment.

A fledgling horned lark peers at me from its hiding place.

I belly crawled about 10 yards to get you this cute photo. Don’t worry, I think I got most of the sand burs out of my belly.

I’m pretty sure this is a fledgling grasshopper sparrow based on its size, coloration, and habitat.

A young katydid nymph feeds on wild rose pollen.

A grasshopper nymph stands out on a background of puccoon flowers.

Ok, one more bison calf photo…

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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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4 Responses to Photo of the Week – June 15, 2017

  1. Joanne says:

    Not to insult the wolf spider, but these really are cuter babies

  2. Tobias Mann says:

    These photos are fantastic. I’m going to have to share your blog with my mother who is a fledgling nature photographer. She’ll really enjoy these. She lives in Northwestern Minnesota and there is plenty of opportunity for prairie photography.

  3. Alina Oakleaf says:

    Thanks for the belly-crawl, these are great baby shots!

  4. Love! What is a sand bur? (It sounds terrible.)

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