Category Archives: General

2018 Hubbard Fellows

It’s well past time for me to provide an introduction to our latest class of Hubbard Fellows.  Alex Brechbill and Olivia Schouten are spending a year of their lives working with us here in Nebraska, helping us with all aspects … Continue reading

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Boxelder Bugs: Accessible Ambassadors for Nature

Conservation success relies upon people feeling connected to nature.  As a result, conservation groups spend a lot of time trying to show the public how much their health and prosperity depend upon natural services and processes (clean air and water, … Continue reading

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Properly Portraying the Power of Prescribed Fire

At a recent Nebraska conference, Shelly Kelly of the Sandhills Task Force made a point worth some serious consideration.  She told a roomful of wildlife biologists that if they want reluctant ranchers to seriously consider using prescribed fire, using photos of … Continue reading

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Measuring Our Influence as Conservation Scientists

I am a conservation scientist.  Like any other scientist, I develop and test hypotheses, trying to figure out how the world works.  Once I learn something, I publish my results in academic journals where other scientists can evaluate and build … Continue reading

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Plant Game – January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!  To celebrate, let’s play THE PLANT GAME! You know it,  you love it.  It’s the game in which you have to figure out which plant name is not real.  More specifically, one name in each of the … Continue reading

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Plant Game – September 27, 2017

The rules are simple.  Just pick the fake plant name from each list.  Three of the names in each list are official common names (as opposed to the scientific, or Latin names) of plants found growing in Nebraska.  The other … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse on the Prairie

Well, if you’re expecting photos of the sun with the shadow of the moon in front of it, I’m sorry to disappoint you.  I figured every other photographer in the world would be taking that photo, so I zigged when … Continue reading

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Pollinators and Insect Conservation Field Day – August 5

Here are some more details on our upcoming field day at the Platte River Prairies on Saturday August 5.  The day will run from 9 am to 2 pm and will focus on pollinators and other invertebrates.  We’ll talk about … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Applications Are Being Accepted NOW!

Applications for the next round of Hubbard Fellowships with The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska are being accepted from now until September 8, 2017.  This is a one year position aimed at recent college graduates  – with undergraduate or graduate degrees … Continue reading

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Register for the 2017 Grassland Restoration Network Now!

This year’s Grassland Restoration Network meeting will be July 11 and 12 at Konza Prairie near Manhattan, Kansas.  Some of you have attended these annual meetings in the past (we hosted last year’s meeting here at the Platte River Prairies … Continue reading

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