Photos of the Week – April 30, 2021

The Fellows, Nelson, and I are spending the last three days of this week helping with prescribed fire up at the Niobrara Valley Preserve. As I write this, we’re a few minutes away from needing to help prep equipment for our third day of fire, so I’m just doing a very quick post. Most of our time over the last couple days has been spent either prepping for or conducting prescribed fires, but the Fellows and I managed to sneak out to look at baby bison and I spent a little time capturing pasque flowers in bloom as well. Have a great weekend!

New bison calf
New bison calf
Pasque flower.
Fire in the Sandhills – widening the backfire (downwind side of the unit).
Hubbard Fellow Sarah Lueder has a smiler on her face as she lights the final stretch of a unit.
Former Hubbard Fellow Ashley Oblander sprays down some last smoldering bits of dried manure along the edge (truck driven by Carson Schultz).
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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 “Photos of the Week – April 30, 2021

  1. Ahhhh, Fire! Even the pasque flower needs fire to survive and thrive.
    That gorgeous view of the distance and of course the sounds of the prairie carry so far without all Those Trees, HAH!
    Love the Prairies and Fire (and Barrens of NW Wisconsin).

    • Yes, all the Pulsatilla species are favored by fire, provided it’s done very early in the season of course. Some of my absolute favorite flowers.
      And it’s hard to think of anything more prairie iconic than bison. Very nice.


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