Spring Marches On in April

I have a blog post rattling around in my head, but don’t have time to get it written this week. There’s too much spring going on. Between finalizing data collection plans, tracking the progress of spring wildflowers (almost blooming), and prescribed fire, I’m a little distracted. It’s a really good blog post, though, and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it when I have time to put it together. In the meantime, here is a lazy post consisting only of recent spring photos. I’ll try to be better next week.

Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) getting ready to bolt and bloom at our family prairie late last week.
More pussytoes.
Sun sedge (Carex heliophila) looking like it wants to bloom, but just isn’t quite there yet.
This gorgeous jumping spider was soaking up some sunshine on the side of a livestock water tank (made from a giant rubber tire).
A Siberian elm, scorched by our prescribed fire yesterday. Because this is a visual medium, you can’t hear the tree mocking us, knowing that it will soon send up three or four new stems, making it that much harder to kill later. I guess we at least knocked it back for a few months…
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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.

3 thoughts on “Spring Marches On in April

  1. Even your “laziest” of posts are a treat to my mornings! And, btw, this is in no way a lazy post!
    The jumping spider and the fire pic are spectacular.


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